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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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Wish we had more time to visit it. A free and beautiful museum and gift shop. Great place to buy tanzanite and art.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 September 2016
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Elbert, Colorado
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Elbert, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Wish we had more time to visit it. A free and beautiful museum and gift shop. Great place to buy tanzanite and art.

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1 Thank cheryl g
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Yes entrance is free to view the biggest Art Gallery on the continent of Africa. Unique Tanzanite jewelry and lots of antiques and various souvenirs are available. More 

Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Its got everything under the roof-jewelry,paintings,statues,artifacts,art.Can spend many haours looking around.On the expensive side.But a good collection .

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

Thank you for your review. Yes definitely a one stop shop all under one roof. You need a day to see everything and enjoy shopping. More 

Bucharest
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

many items on display, a mix towards educating shoppers. a little bit expensive and expect fixed prices on every souvenir. I left wishing to return and buy a few large statues and 2 huge paintings for my home

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

Thank you for your review. The Cultural heritage has a lot to offer - lots of unique quality souvenirs and An Art Gallery with amazing antique artifacts and lots of paintings, bronze sculptures and wood carvings and statues. You are most welcome to visit us again. More 

canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

We, unfortunately, didn't realize what we were walking into. You could easily spend a day here. We only had two hours. The Art Gallery is incredible - both in design and contents. Light shines thro every level and you can view the artwork from the different levels from various vantage points. I had left my credit card back in the... More 

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

Thank you very much for your review. We are very glad you enjoyed your visit to Cultural Heritage. You are most welcome to visit us again. More 

Arusha, Tanzania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

Cultural Heritage Centre is an admission-free spot. You can visit the art gallery, learn about the local crafts and art as well as enjoy a cup of coffee at the restaurant located at the centre. Welcoming staff, nice shop.

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

Thank you for your review. Entrance is absolutely free of charge and you can shop and enjoy a delicious meal and learn about culture, tradition and art. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

A place to visit atleast once when in Arusha city. A beautifully landscaped environment which makes you feel you have entered the wild. A place for great African artifacts, curios and  eye-catching art gallery that will leave you awed. They also have a restaurant which served us great food and the service was up to the standards. Don't miss out... More 

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

Thank you for your review. At Cultural Heritage there is lots to see and one can spend a day, have lunch and spend the afternoon shopping.Thank you for visiting us. More 

Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

This is a great afternoon stop where the group can spend some time browsing through this immense store. Inside has souvenirs, gifts, clothes, statues, rugs, paintings, etc. in every price range. You can buy a magnet for the fridge and you can buy a $10,000 gemstone. Definitely a fun and enjoyable place to visit for an afternoon.

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

Thank you for your review. We are very happy you enjoyed your visit to Cultural Heritage. Please do visit us again when you come back. More 

Carefree, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

You can buy T-shirts, big African carvings, have lunch and get nearly anything at this large store in Arusha. My wife found very reasonable, excellent quality tanzanite jewelry here on two different trips. She wears it constantly, and I am bracing myself for another trip. For the uninitiated, tanzanite is a beautiful precious blue stone mined only in Tanzania, hence... More 

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

Thank you for your review.You can buy the most genuine, unique quality Tanzanite Jewelry here. More 

Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Great for souvenir shopping! Prices are fixed yet reasonable so you don't have to deal with haggling. Very big place. Remember to check out the more boutique like stores in the back!

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

Thank you for your review.We offer various unique different souvenirs and have lots to see...The biggest Art gallery, spice center, leather shop, bead shop, clothing stores, gems center and a restuarant with delicious mouth watering menus. More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

I have always wondered what this big building was and after seven years of travelling to and from Arusha I decided to take a visit. Upon arrival to the location I was impressed with the scenery that was on offer with mount Meru in the backdrop and cool landscape. The cultural heritage centre is all about budding artists and pieces... More 

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

Thank you for your review. Yes the Art Gallery has lots to show about African culture and traditions and also has very unique souvenirs for all. More 

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