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Cultural Heritage Centre

Arusha-Dodoma Road, Arusha, Tanzania
+255 787 135 610
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Perfect Place to End a Tanzania Visit

Our group of four women spent our last day in Tanzania at the Cultural. We enjoyed the art gallery... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
val-mn
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Minneapolis
Good place for buying artwork

We had extra time before catching a flight out of Arusha so our drive stopped here for a quick... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Katie D
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Boston, Massachusetts
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The Cultural Heritage Centre established in the year 1994. Is the first of its kind in Africa dedicated towards exploring the rich treasures derived from African Culture. This family business is the result of culmination of hard work, unwavering dedication and knowledge acquired from the forefathers. At the helm of the affairs is the versatile managing director, Mr. Saifuddin Khanbhai, who has a solid knowledge of African Culture and traditions. Culture Heritage Center has acquired iconic status due to the unique structure of the buildings within its compound and having the treasure chest of African art which is keeping African Art alive. The main building is designed to resemble the Uhuru Peak of Kilimanjaro. It also has an impressive array of arts and crafts including unique masks, Verdite carvings and paintings by famous African sculptures. Cultural Heritage now boasts an impressible Art Gallery was build on his vision which was to promote the work of the local artists. The exterior of the Gallery is imp rived by a drum, shield and spear, all major African symbols. The symbols resonate with the role of the Gallery that is to represent, communicate and celebrate Africa's Cultural Heritage. Among its many world famous pieces of Art is a 18 feet family tree which took 20 years to make. People from all over the world also visit Cultural Heritage, for its unrivaled reputation of having the finest Tanzanite stones which are also found in the Mererani hills of Tanzania, best in the world. The interior has three areas (i) History, (ii) Wildlife and (iii) soul. Ethnographic artifacts fill the History area, the wildlife area consists of contemporary paintings and sculptures of the curvatures roaming the African Savanna and the soul area captures Africa's energy allure and essence. The art gallery also has an amphitheatre which often shows on the life of special Tanzanian tribes like the Maasai, Pygmies and Hadzabe. It is also used for conferences. Also offered at the centre are day rooms found on the top of the building. They serve as resting place in the calm environment after a long safari trp. The spa at the Gallery offers a verity of personal care and treatments. The proceeds from the Gallery go to the conservation of elephants in Africa and the main concept of this is anti poaching clearly defined by the sculpture of the large unique beaded elephant. However, other causes such as orphanages, schools and boreholes and well drilling benefit from the proceeds. The centre also has a restaurant, coffee chop, spice centre, beads centre, and flea shop, which offers a variety of artifacts at different prices. Apart from the art the centre vibrated with warm hospitality. Cultural Heritage is visited by tourists from all over the world. It has been honored by visits from distinguished guests and state leaders such as President Bill Clinton, The prince William of Holland and his wife, Former UN secretary Mr. Kofi Annan, and celebrities such as Cindy Crawford. However every visitor who visits Cultural Heritage is treated as a Celebrity.
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Arusha-Dodoma Road, Arusha, Tanzania
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our group of four women spent our last day in Tanzania at the Cultural. We enjoyed the art gallery and the wide variety of shops. Lunch was a perfect ending to our visit.

Thank val-mn
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the review and are glad you enjoyed your visit to the Cultural Heritage Centre. Thank you for the visit and are most welcome to visit us again.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had extra time before catching a flight out of Arusha so our drive stopped here for a quick visit. It was good to walk around for about 30 min but I wouldn't make this a designated attraction unless you are set on buying some...More

Thank Katie D
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the review.The Art Gallery at the centre is one of the largest in Africa and is the platform for many local artists to display their work. The prices are based on Artist prices on fair trade basis. Thank you for the visit.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped here as part of our safari trip. Basically it is gift shops with a little restaurant. We ate at the restaurant and it was just ok. There is an art center that is very nice with many local painting and art work.

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the review. At the Cultural Heritage Centre - The Art Gallery is one of the largest on the continent of Africa and it is a Treasure Trove of African art and handicrafts - not to be missed. Thank you for the visit.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

wow did not expect this what a little gem of a place . we were on our last day of our holiday in tanzania and had passed this a couple of times so went in to see what it was all about . there are...More

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and are most welcome to visit us again.One can spend a whole day at the Cultural Heritage Centre there are lots of interestings African handicrafts and artifacts to see.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A fantastic collection of art and a great place to get souvenirs. Plan on spending a few hours there.

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit to Cultural Heritage and are most welcome to visit us again.

Reviewed 12 November 2017

The building itself is a beautiful piece of work with interesting architecture inside and outside. The area is a collection of a large store area with traditional art work and sculptures for sale, they also have jewelry, materials, bags, etc. The prices were reasonable but...More

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and highlighting our establishment. Thank you for the visit and you are most welcome to visit us again.

Reviewed 8 November 2017

After our safari we stopped in the Cultural Centre and helped the Tanzania economy by buying gifts and souvenirs. We intended to send things home, but it was too costly even though they will ship. The shipping was more than the cost of our treasures....More

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2017

Thank you for your review and shopping with us. The shipping costs depend on weight of goods and destination to be shipped to. Thank you for the visit.

Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

Must visit place in Arusha. Learn lot about African culture and best place to shop. Spend at least 3 hours to seeMore

Thank parimal p
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

Thank you for your review. At the Cultural Heritage Centre we have a variety of artifacts and handicrafts from Tanzania and all over Africa portraying the African Culture and traditions. One can spend a whole day here admiring goods in the various stores that we...More

Reviewed 7 November 2017

This is one stop gallery collection of African tribe and nature inheritance of Maasai tribe handcraft, Tanzania tribes art work, tinga tinga paints and World most rare beautiful gem Tanzanite

Thank Kilimanjaro C
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Thank you for your review and highlighting our establishment. The Cultural Heritage Centre portrays the different cultures of Tanzania and the Art Gallery has artifacts and handcrafts from all over Africa. One can buy genuine Tanzanite jewellery here.Thank you for the visit.

Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

This is a must see! Mr. Saif and his family have built an amazing museum/shopping experience that I absolutely loved. I could have spent days looking at all the old African masks and other historical pieces. I purchased all my souvenirs and Christmas gifts here...More

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2017

Thank you for your review and highlighting our establishment. This is the one stop shopping centre for souveniers, gift, items, antiques and Tanzanite Jewellery. Thank you for the visit and you are most welcome to visit us again. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Alice K
4 November 2017|
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Response from jmh6714 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I was looking thinking of someplace else - there was no entrance fee
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Banka L
16 July 2017|
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Response from Cultural H | Property representative |
There is no entrance fee to enter Cultural Heritage, You are most welcome to visit us.
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blondechickma
24 April 2017|
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Response from Cultural H | Property representative |
Cultural Heritage is open from 8.30 am to 5 pm from Monday to Saturday and from 8.30 am to 2 pm on Sunday. You are most welcome to visit.
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