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Address: Arusha-Dodoma Road, Arusha, Tanzania
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+255 27 250 7496
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The Cultural Heritage Centre established in the year 1994. Is the first of...

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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Great for Survey of What's Available, But Just Look

The VG rating is grounded on CHC having almost every Tanzanian and regional art, craft, and Tanzanite item one can imagine displayed throughout separate areas in a clean and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Lassen National Forest, California
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West Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Once you manage to plownyour way through the overwhelming amount of " stuff " for sale head directly to the real gallery. The building itself, especially inside, is architecturally stunning. Truly to me the Guggenheim of Tanzania. Some of the paintings and the bronzes are world class. I could have purchased several. We were vert fortunate to have an enthusiastic... More 

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Lassen National Forest, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The VG rating is grounded on CHC having almost every Tanzanian and regional art, craft, and Tanzanite item one can imagine displayed throughout separate areas in a clean and uncrowded facility. There are just a few of such sales houses in the area. That being said, it is my opinion that this is a classic example of the group-tour inclusions... More 

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Dear Bargain hardened veteran, thank you for your review. As already mentioned by you that cultural heritage is unique and there are very few similar sales houses in the area. We believe in fair trade in pricing as we give opportunities to countless artists to display their art. The viewing for clients is totally free and the clients are also... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is really something - I mean the amount of cultural items that they have in stock there is just out of this world. There is so much choice, from very small items to really big stuff. Check it out for sure.

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Thank malnit56
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and highlighting our establishment. The Art Gallery is one of the largest on the continent of Africa. It has amazing african antiques from different African countries, it also has spectacular paintings from local artists, quality bronze sculptures, wood carvings, stone carvings. There are other stores too like the Maasai hut, leather shop, spice centre, clothing... More 

Wisconsin, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Most visitors to Arusha don't have the luxury of being able to shop around and make price comparisons of before purchasing local art. I did. Here's what I found: Tanzanite: The selection offered here is breathtaking. The owner - who perhaps rightly - refers to himself as the Tanzanite King - has an array of tanzanite in every imaginable form... More 

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of our establishment. We take pride in our collection and the collection we have matches none other. We appreciate your general comments and appreciate that you enjoyed our establishment. More 

The Woodlands, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I liked the cultural center for the art and goods you can see. I did feel they want you to spend as much money as possible. The same people who run the tanzanite experience run a shop here as well. I'm not sure if I got a good deal on the earrings I purchased here. I like them but questioned... More 

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Cultural Centre provides the opportunity to see the largest collection of Arts and crafts in Africa. Also the Centre gives opportunity to Artists to display their Art. The money spent on buying the merchandise also helps the Artists who display their art. We do not charge any entrance fees to visit the centre. Also no one is compelled to buy... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I bought all my souvenirs here and was delighted with the workmanship and variety. The staff all speak several languages and would go to great length to find me any item I asked about. There were multiple items that were small enough to fit in a suitcase and there was the option of DHL shipping if you wanted to ship... More 

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are very glad you enjoyed your visit at the Cultural Heritage Centre. You get the best quality and wide selection of souveniors here. Our staff are dedicated to ensure that all our clients are assisted and enjoy shopping at the centre. Thank you for the visit. More 

New York City
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's over whelming, but friends who are often in Arusha say it is the best place to shop. Plan on a half day there to see it all and eat lunch in their cafe.

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Cultural Heritage has lots to see. The Art Gallery is one of the largest on the continent of Africa and a treasure trove of African Art, it has spectacular African Antiques, bronze, stone, wood carvings and lots of amazing paintings. We also have a Spice shop, Maasai Hut, Leather shop , Clothing stores, Gem Centre... More 

Arusha, Tanzania
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to see diverse cultures and what they offer and how they differ from each other even only slightly. Great art and crafts for sale

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for the review of our establishment. We are one of the biggest Art Gallery in Africa and give opportunity to over 500 artists to display their Art. Diversity in African Culture is what makes African Culture unique. Thank you for the visit. More 

Adelaide Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We purchased many items here. Goods were very reasonably priced, and they took all cards, and US$ cash. They have a huge range of tee shirts in all sizes from kids up, many wooden, brass and Malachite items, and of course awesome jewellery, both of wooden, semi precious and beady varieties, and precious stones too, such as a good selection... More 

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Thank RaneeB
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Thank you for appreciating and liking our collection of T-shirts, wooden, bronze, Malachite and stone carvings and also our wide variety of jewellery from beaded to semi precious gemstones and Tanzanite stones. Certificate of Authencity is issued for all Tanzanite jewellery. Thank you for your visit. More 

Markham, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 293 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This centre is an impressive place - from tradtional tourist knock knacks, to impressive pieces of art, carvings, and ponds, statues, etc - this is definitely a one-stop shop for African art and souvenirs. The only thing that bothered us was the 'person' assigned to you when you arrived at the centre. This person followed us everywhere - from room... More 

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Thank harvman
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review in high lighting our establishment. The only reason for assigning a person is to assist in case of any query. However, we want our customers to feel free and comfortable during their visit and they can always politely tell the person concerned that he need not accompany them. Thank you for your visit. More 

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