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Cultural Heritage Centre

Arusha-Dodoma Road, Arusha, Tanzania
+255 27 250 7496
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Interesting place

Could walk around for hours, exploring furniture and masks. Some pieces are magnificent. Nice place... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Ekaterina P
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St. Petersburg, Russia
via mobile
Plenty to see and buy

We were surprised at how expensive things were considering we thought we were in "poor Africa" We... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Animale_7
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West Sussex, UK
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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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+255 27 250 7496
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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

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

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

It's a huge location with every imaginable iteration of African art, jewelry, handcrafts and carvings. No matter what you want they have it in the size and quality you desire. If you can't find it here you probably don't need it.More

Thank T_Ravel_Zona
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2017

Thank you for your review. The Art Gallery at Cultural Heritage is one of the largest and is a Treasure Trove of African Art and antiques. There are also many other stores like the Spice centre, Maasai Hut, Leather hut, beads and gemstone store, clothing...More

Reviewed 12 July 2017

You have a choice here, the parking is near some shops which sell very fine local crafts, as well as Tanzanite and high end jewellery. Next to it is the cultural part which has a very fine collection of art from all over Africa, some...More

Thank m p
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Thank you for your review. Cultural Heritage has amazing and wonderful souveniers and also one can purchase fine art and collector's pieces from the largest Art Gallery on the continent of Africa. Thank you for your visit.

Reviewed 11 July 2017

It is the best place where you can obtain a souvenir and see Tanzania culture at it best. Your can also see a lot of paintings from different artists.

Thank Freedom M
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Thank you for your review. The Cultural Heritage is a Treasure Trove of African Art. The Art Gallery has lots of artwork from different local artists and quality paintings. Thank you for your visit.

Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

It's very suitable place and fantastic one day I was there with my very beautiful wife we are total enjoy it and we are total have a funny day coz we see a lot of amazing silver,vinyago,with so many things there.

1  Thank piuschaula
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Thank you for your review.Yes there is pleanty of Art and various handicrafts to see, including wonderful bronze sculptures, wood carvings, stone sculptures, metal art and Tanzanite Jewellery. Thank you for your visit.

Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

They have tanzanite for sale here. The art gallery was impressive and a must see. Browse if not buy. Clean bathrooms

Thank 1020bluestem
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Thank you for your review. The Art Gallery has lots of amazing African art, handicrafts and antiques. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and you are most welcome to visit us again.

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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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