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Cultural Heritage Centre

Arusha-Dodoma Road, Arusha, Tanzania
+255 787 135 610
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Surly female on jewellery counter spoiled it

The cultural heritage centre is very interesting, but there seemed to be a large emphasis on... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2017
Onion508
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Come with a fat wallet and dig for treasurs

The Cultural Heritage Centre is like a mine filled with gems exploding in your face! It is easy to... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2017
Jan-Erik N
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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 12 August 2017 via mobile

The cultural heritage centre is very interesting, but there seemed to be a large emphasis on selling things to the white visitors. On buying gifts for my family (at quite expensive prices) the lady who served me was very rude and made me want to...More

Thank Onion508
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

Thank you for your visit to our centre and your review. We welcome everybody at the centre regardless of their race or ethnicity. We have noted your concern and will look into it.

Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

The Cultural Heritage Centre is like a mine filled with gems exploding in your face! It is easy to get overwhelmed and confused. The place is just crowded with all sorts of artefacts, paintings and gemstones! You can make big and small findings. The antique...More

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

Thank you for your review. Yes the Art Gallery is a treasure trove of African antiques and artifacts. There are several other stores like the gemstone and bead store, leather hut,clothing stores, spice centre and a restaurant which serves delicious mouth watering dishes. There are...More

Reviewed 10 August 2017

Worth a visit, we walked along from our hotel there are many items to buy at good prices . The only criticism is that a member of staff attaches them selves to you so its difficult to get space to think about what you are...More

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Thank you for your review. Our staff accompany customers to show them around and assist them in answering their questions regarding the various different artifacts that we have. Thank you for your visit.

Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

I didn't like this place at all. Shops are far too expensive and I wonder if they support local people. Art gallery is worth a small visit. Only visit if you have nothing else to do in Arusha, but absolutely no must see to me.More

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2017

We are one of the largest Art Galleries in Africa. Our support for the Artist and people is well known although we feel it is not necessary for us to explain this to you due to the sheer ignorance inspite of the fact that people...More

Reviewed 31 July 2017

From $2 necklaces to fine art. They also helped me ship a piece back to the states. They couldn't do enough for us. Just visit their gallery of fine art, you can view it as a museum. Friends bought tanzanite at great prices

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2017

Thank you for your review and highlighting our establishment. Shipment to any part of the world is possible. The Art Gallery is one of the largest on the continent of Africa. The best Tanzanite jewelery is available here.Thank you for your visit.

Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

Could walk around for hours, exploring furniture and masks. Some pieces are magnificent. Nice place for not cheap souvenirs. The cafe (fig&olive) is wonderful.

Thank Ekaterina P
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2017

Thank you for your review. One can spend the whole day here. There are lots of interesting artifacts and handicrafts to see. Thank you for your visit.

Reviewed 22 July 2017

We were surprised at how expensive things were considering we thought we were in "poor Africa" We bought one wall hanging but didn't buy anything else due to the cost. So many lovely things to choose from if you had the cash.

Thank Animale_7
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2017

Thank you for your review. Cultural Heritage has many souvenier shops and there is lots of interesting artifacts and handicrafts to see and purchase. Thank you for your visit.

Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

They say they have the largest African art gallery in Africa. It is hard to argue that point. The building is new and at least 5 or more levels. The quality of some of the work is impressive. It is well worth walking around, even...More

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2017

Thank you for your review and highlighting our establishment. The Art gallery is one of the largest on the continent of Africa.Cultural Heritage is a reputable organization dealing with customers from all over the world since 1990 and take pride in our esteemed customers. One...More

Reviewed 19 July 2017

This is the best place before and after a Safari for Gifts and to see an amazing museum and the Top Tanzanite place on the planet. Saif and his team are wonderful. The fairest and best for all kinds of Gifts.

Thank Mike B
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2017

Thank you for your review and highlighting our establishment. This is the place for quality souveniers and the best Tanzanite Jewellery. The largest Art gallery on the continent of Africa is a Treasure Trove of African art and handicrafts. Thank you for your visit.

Reviewed 19 July 2017

All these buildings that call "Cultural heritage center" are just shopping area with very crazy prices (much more expensive than anywhere else in Arusha). Highly not recommendMore

Thank Sima K
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2017

If one of the largest Ethnographic collection in Africa does not constitute as an experience of Culture then we are sorry for you were in the wrong place. We are one of the largest Art gallery and we take pride in helping the different communities...More

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mdgdc
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Response from Cultural H | Property representative |
Yes we do have them, you are most welcome to come and see them
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There is no entrance fee to enter Cultural Heritage, You are most welcome to visit us.
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