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Cultural Heritage Centre

Arusha-Dodoma Road, Arusha, Tanzania
+255 27 250 7496
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Great shopping, reasonable prices

The Cultural Heritage Centre has a huge selection of souvenirs, art, and jewelry at any price... read more

Reviewed 24 January 2017
Natalie W
Has a lot and really nice Tanzanite jewelry

They workers are very nice and let us come in and shop eve though it was closing time. The prices... read more

Reviewed 21 January 2017
Mal V
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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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  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
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“wood carvings” (14 reviews)
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Arusha-Dodoma Road, Arusha, Tanzania
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+255 27 250 7496
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Reviewed 24 January 2017

The Cultural Heritage Centre has a huge selection of souvenirs, art, and jewelry at any price point, from $2 hand-carved wooden shawl pins to million-dollar tanzanite gems.

Thank Natalie W
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 25 January 2017

Thank you for your review. Yes you can purchase lots of artifacts for a minimum to maximum budget. Thank you for visiting us.

Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

They workers are very nice and let us come in and shop eve though it was closing time. The prices start high but like everywhere else in Tanzania, you have to negotiate.

Thank Mal V
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2017

Thank you for your review. Yes we do have some stores with fixed prices and others where you can negotiate. All our customers are very important and are all treated with utmost priority.

Reviewed 19 January 2017

Situated away from the central part of Arusha, this is kind of like a gallery as well as a souvenir store. The collections here range from small knick-knacks to a full-fledged sculptures & paintings. It also has a DHL on its premises which can can...More

Thank vsameera
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2017

Thank you for your review. Cultural Heritage is a one stop shopping centre with superior quality of artifacts and has exclusive souveniers.

Reviewed 17 January 2017

I really like the place, here is a good place to buy tanzanite maybe a little expensive, this part of the store have fixed prices but the rest you can reduce the price almost to half of it...the masks are amazing and also the Gallery...More

Thank Maolixi
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2017

Thank you for your review. Yes you can purchase genuine Tanzanites here and we have some stores with fixed prices which are good bargains. The Art Gallery has spectacular African antiques and lots of amazing artifacts to see and purchase.

Reviewed 14 January 2017

The Cultural Centre is a large facility that has tons of artifacts, paintings, carvings and jewelry made by Tanzanians. Also has a nice exhibit about Tanzanite, a beautiful blue gem. If you are looking for top quality artwork and workmanship, this is the place. If...More

Thank camn21252
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2017

Thank you for your positive review and highlighting what we have to offer at Cultural Heritage. However on a lighter note you probably pressed the wrong button since with your review three star rating is not appropriate for our organisation although we do appreciate your...More

Reviewed 13 January 2017

visited and viewed shops with good range of things on sale. Visited Tanzanite shop and provided very good information. Gallery an interesting building and has good range of painting and other art for viewing and for sale. Had lunch at cafe and was good range...More

Thank BruceD122
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2017

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit to Cultural Heritage.

Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

I was a little disappointed as the name isn't really an accurate reflection of what this is. The main complex is more tourist shopping than anything. While they had a lot it wasn't really anything I had seen elsewhere. The gallery is worth a look....More

Thank Andrew D
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

Thank you for your review and enjoying the art gallery and the artifacts. We have various local artists who exhibit their works of art in different traditional and cultural forms hence the name Cultural Heritage is derived from the various ethnic african art eg the...More

Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

A nice stop to buy gifts for friends back home and got a nice meal there too as well as something for the family.

Thank iloveholidays2015
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

Thank you for your review. This is a one stop shopping centre where you can shop exclusively, enjoy the food at our restaurant and see the largest Art gallery on the continent of Africa.

Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Great stopover with an absolutely amazing art gallery that you need a couple of hours to fully appreciate. If you want a special gift the art is for sale too. The restaurant has good food and drinks and very generous portions. Nice people! Tourist souvenir...More

Thank 746ballfamily746
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

Thank you for your review.Yes one can spend the whole day in the Art gallery if you are an Art lover...there are lots of interesting African antiques,bronze sculptures , wooden carvings and eye catching paintings from various local artists. We have a variety of souveniers...More

Reviewed 5 January 2017

Tanzanite built this place! Great to see and full of cultural art and artifacts. Not necessarily a MUST SEE but I would still recommend it.

1  Thank Joseph L
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

Thank you for your review and recommendation.

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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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