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Cultural Heritage Centre

Arusha-Dodoma Road, Arusha, Tanzania
+255 27 250 7496
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A nice stop to buy gifts for friends back home and got a nice meal there too as well as something... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2017
iloveholidays2015
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Arusha, Tanzania
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Great stopover with an absolutely amazing art gallery that you need a couple of hours to fully... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2017
746ballfamily746
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Sydney, Australia
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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 5 January 2017 via mobile

A nice stop to buy gifts for friends back home and got a nice meal there too as well as something for the family.

Thank iloveholidays2015
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

Thank you for your review. This is a one stop shopping centre where you can shop exclusively, enjoy the food at our restaurant and see the largest Art gallery on the continent of Africa.

Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Great stopover with an absolutely amazing art gallery that you need a couple of hours to fully appreciate. If you want a special gift the art is for sale too. The restaurant has good food and drinks and very generous portions. Nice people! Tourist souvenir...More

Thank 746ballfamily746
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

Thank you for your review.Yes one can spend the whole day in the Art gallery if you are an Art lover...there are lots of interesting African antiques,bronze sculptures , wooden carvings and eye catching paintings from various local artists. We have a variety of souveniers...More

Reviewed 5 January 2017

Tanzanite built this place! Great to see and full of cultural art and artifacts. Not necessarily a MUST SEE but I would still recommend it.

1  Thank Joseph L
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2017

Thank you for your review and recommendation.

Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

The drum, the spear, and the shield: this is what the building is supposed to be. Now at first it may not seem so, but the centre is undoubtedly one of the most creative architectural designs around. The surrounding area of the centre also boasts...More

Thank Sada K
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2017

Thank you for your review and your appreciation of the entire building in terms of architectural design and the surroundings including the contents. The design of the building and the three floors give maximum facilities to different artists who are encouraged to display their work...More

Reviewed 29 December 2016

A wonderful selection ranging from souvenirs to real art & jewellery. Some of the pieces are fit for museumsMore

Thank Mar4continents
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 30 December 2016

Thank you for your review. Yes it is a treasure trove of African Arts and has the most genuine unique antique pieces from all over Africa. It has many shopping stores like the spice centre, maasai Hut, beads and gems centre, clothing stores and has...More

Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Whilst this place does have the largest art collection in Africa, the name 'Cultural Heritage Centre' is misleading, and shamefully so. This is nothing more than a tourist trap to sell goods. Upon getting out of the car, we were greeted by a man explaining...More

Thank La_tiburona
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 30 December 2016

Thank you for your review of our organisation.We do take pride in having the largest collection of Art in Africa and also appreciate your comment for stating this fact. However, for your information we do not charge any fee to anyone for looking at this...More

Reviewed 29 December 2016

Every time I am in Arusha I make time to shop at the cultural heritage Center. It is not only a shopping destination but museum as well, containing many African artifacts. I have heard it referred to as the Guggenheim of Africa.They also have a...More

Thank Cheryl Y
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2016

Thank you for your review. Yes Cultural Heritage is the sure destination for the best shopping! Thank you for visiting us always and you are most welcome to visit us again.

Reviewed 27 December 2016

So fun stopping here and seeing the amazing carvings and metal work that is for consignment. We also learned about tanzanite and someone was doing a carving outside and he called us over to watch. Everyone is always so friendly!

Thank Kelsey B
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2016

Thank you for your review. We are happy you enjoyed visiting us. Amazing art like bronze sculptures, wooden carvings, paintings, metal sculptures, leather art, beads and gem stones are all for sale here. you are most welcome to visit us again.

Reviewed 18 December 2016

The cultural heritage center wasn't quite what I expected. The architecture is fascinating, with its internal layout of floors spiraling upwards, each filled with art from all over Africa, much of it for sale. Outside are several shops, one a large souvenir shop also selling...More

Thank Felicity K
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2016

Thank you for your review. Thank you for visiting us and we are glad that you enjoyed your visit and are most welcome to visit us again.

Reviewed 17 December 2016

While the setting was good many of the shops were closed on the day we visited which impacted my rating. The food /cafe was good and the art exhibit was diverse including some antique African art as well a realistic and surreal modern piecesMore

Thank Lareini
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 17 December 2016

Thank you for your review. The Art gallery is the biggest on the continent of Africa and has african antiques, bronze sculptures, wood carvings and unique paintings from various local artists. We also have a Spice centre, leather shop, gems centre, clothing store and exclusive...More

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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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