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Cultural Heritage Centre

Arusha-Dodoma Road, Arusha, Tanzania
+255 787 135 610
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Cool place to visit

We went to buy some stuffs. Local Maasai shoes and our guide suggested there. Good t shirts and... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2017
Kristen L
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Stuttgart, Germany
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Cultural Heritage Center is really for shopping

Looking for souvenirs? This place has a lot. Name sounds like its a museum but it's not. Art... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2017
J M
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Austin, 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 September 2017 via mobile

We went to buy some stuffs. Local Maasai shoes and our guide suggested there. Good t shirts and other local staffs. It was greatMore

Thank Kristen L
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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2017

Thank you for your review. At Cultural Heritage we have many stores, spice centre,maasai hut, bead store, clothing T-shirts, leather hut and Tanzanite stones and jewelery. One can buy a variety of souveniers and view African art and antiques at the largest Art gallery on...More

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Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

Looking for souvenirs? This place has a lot. Name sounds like its a museum but it's not. Art from around Africa was interesting.More

Thank J M
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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2017

Thank you for your review. Cultural Heritage is a one stop shopping centre for all your souveniers, art work, handicrafts, gemstone jewelery and Tanzanite stones. The Art gallery is one of the largest on the continent of Africa and has lots of artifacts from all...More

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Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

This is the home of tanzanite, apparently selling $9m to $11m US per month. But really for visitors the value is found deeper in the complex. A large art gallery, lots of timber carvings, tourist trinkets and face masks. .. What I really recommend however...More

Thank RogerAliSophia
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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2017

Thank you for your review and highlighting our establishment. We are happy that you are enjoying the books, spices and the Coffee you purchased at our Spice centre. Thank you for the visit and are most welcome to visit us again in your next trip.

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Reviewed 26 August 2017

We thought it would be totally touristy and overpriced, but we were pleasantly surprised. The staff were friendly without being pushy, the merchandise was top quality and we had an excellent meal at the restaurant. After the more "authentic" but totally oppressive visit to the...More

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2017

Thank you for your review. One can shop here freely and pleasantly and buy various unique souveniour items. The restaurant serves delicious meals. Thank you for your visit.

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Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

We got to Arusha the morning before our climb and had all day to kill. The hotel recommended that we check out the cultural center and I'm glad that we did. There lots of souvenirs here – basically the same ones that we saw throughout...More

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

Thank you for your review.The Cultural Heritage is a one stop shopping centre for purchasing a variety of souveniers, exclusive Tanzanite Jewellery. One can spend the whole day at the Art Gallery and there is a restuarant which serves delicious meals. Thank you for the...More

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Reviewed 20 August 2017

Definitely worth a visit to the art gallery if you like art!. Beautiful peices of work to admire, with an area to purchase more within the afforadable price range.More

Thank mac010Ontario
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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

Thank you for your review. The Art Gallery is one of the largest on the continent of Africa and a treasure trove of African Art. It has many unique antiques, bronze sculptures, masks, stone sculptures, wood carving and exclusive paintings. Other stores sale a variety...More

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Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

My wife and I spent about an hour at the Centre shopping. They are lots of choices and it can be a bit overwhelming. There is a very good art gallery there too that we were told is the largest in Africa.

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

Thank you for your review. The Art Gallery is one of the largest on the continent of Africa with lots of amazing African antiques, bronze sculptures, wood carvings and stone sculptures. Thank you for your visit.

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Reviewed 15 August 2017

Take the time to walk through the incredible gallery of African art! Art of all kinds and styles in a wonderfully laid out building. Then you can browse the numerous options of gifts, art, toys - all beautiful and hand made. The staff are helpful...More

Thank jocelyncallister
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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

Thank you for your review and highlighting our establishment. As one walks through the gallery they see lots of unique ethnographics, antiques, bronze sculptures, wooden carvings, stone sculptures, masks and paintings. The other stores have much more to offer - lots of interesting souveniers and...More

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Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

This place exceeds expectations. I've been three times now taking people along and everyone agrees; it's a treasure trove of genuine culture, great local art and curious artifacts. You need at least 6 hours to do it justice. Most things are for sale and I...More

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

Thank you for your review and highlighting our establishment. One can spend the whole day here admiring various forms of Art and artifacts. Thank you for your visit.

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Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

The cultural heritage centre is very interesting, but there seemed to be a large emphasis on selling things to the white visitors. On buying gifts for my family (at quite expensive prices) the lady who served me was very rude and made me want to...More

Thank Onion508
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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

Thank you for your visit to our centre and your review. We welcome everybody at the centre regardless of their race or ethnicity. We have noted your concern and will look into it.

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Yes we do have them, you are most welcome to come and see them
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There is no entrance fee to enter Cultural Heritage, You are most welcome to visit us.
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