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Cultural Heritage Centre

Arusha-Dodoma Road, Arusha, Tanzania
+255 787 135 610
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Fantastic display of amazing art fro around Africa

In Arusha found this place by accident, it was well worth a visit The art gallery was amazing and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
melbHeather
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Melbourne, Australia
Skip the gift shops and go straight to the Cultural Heritage Centre

A visitor has to go through a maze of average gift shops in order to get to the Cultural Heritage... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lydia M
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The Woodlands, Texas
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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 3 days ago

In Arusha found this place by accident, it was well worth a visit The art gallery was amazing and you can buy art work there also. One picture of lions was recently sold for $100K and was an amazing piece The art was sculptures to...More

Thank melbHeather
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review and highlighting our establishment. We are glad you enjoyed the handicrafts and art work in different forms. Thank you for the visit.

Reviewed 1 week ago

A visitor has to go through a maze of average gift shops in order to get to the Cultural Heritage Centre- an extensive collection of artifacts from across Africa. There are contemporary art and antiques- masks, sculptures, ritual furniture- all incredible. I have never seen...More

Thank Lydia M
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review and highlighting our establishment. The Art Gallery is one of the largest on the continent of Africa and it is a Treasure Trove of African Cultural arts and handicrafts.One can spend a whole day here admiring Art in various forms....More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our Taulk safari stopped here before heading to the airport and Home. Lots of wonderful artwork and beautiful things to buy. I found two small pieces of art to rake home and frame. Also bought some wonderful authentic souvenirs. Hope to return again.

Thank Patti K
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This Gallery and museum is a most to get to know the arts and culture in tanzania and many other african countries

Thank Angélica B
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and enjoying the artwork in the Gallery.The Art Gallery is a Treasure Trove of African Arts and one of the largest on the continent of Africa.Thank you for the visit.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely place to visit and take in the Art Gallery and see interesting artifacts and learn about Tanzanite and see other items. We visited this place twice hoping to buy something but the artwork in the gallery as outrageously priced for what it was and...More

Thank tbrill2017
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Client, Thank you for reviewing our establishment. We do appreciate your comments although we do not agree with them at all. The Art exhibited in the gallery is on consignment basis and the prices are set by the Artists who are also given the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of souvenirs to buy and lots of artwork to peruse such as masks, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, baskets, tanzanite, carvings, etc.

Thank TravelbeanUsa
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed the handicrafts and art work. Thank you for the visit.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This center is a mix of art gallery, curio shops and other shops. I visited this center on a short trip to Arusha. I wouldn't call it the most inviting place for a local. It seems like locals do not frequent the place and to...More

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

Thank you for your visit and the review of our centre.We are indeed sorry that you felt hostility during your visit. We make every effort to welcome our visitors and the centre is open to all without any discrimination.Infact we encourage everyone to visit and...More

Reviewed 12 December 2017

It is a large tourist souvenir shop - a pretty good one. authenticity and pricing won't be the best in town (some carvings shipped from Kenya etc), however the range is extremely good, and has a nice cafe + wifi.More

Thank Pegasus2013
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

The Cultural Heritage Centre is a Treasure Trove of African antiques and the largest Art Gallery on the continent of Africa which has African artifacts and handicrafts from all over Africa. It is the platform for different artists from all over Africa to exhibit their...More

Reviewed 9 December 2017

Any souvenir you could think of would be here. It's almost overwhelming, and I would definitely recommend giving yourself plenty of time to look. I like having set prices; you might find things cheaper at the Maasai market, but I'm not really one for bargaining...More

Thank Doug P
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2017

Thank you for the visit and are most welcome to visit us again.

Reviewed 8 December 2017

I have lived in Arusha for over two years and somehow missed this gem! Excellent personal service, great staff, and very friendly owner. Definitely coming again!

Thank Matthew D
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2017

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

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mdgdc
29 December 2017|
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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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Alice K
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Response from UrsulaK | Reviewed this property |
It is free
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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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