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Cultural Heritage Centre

Arusha-Dodoma Road, Arusha, Tanzania
+255 787 135 610
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A missed gem

I have lived in Arusha for over two years and somehow missed this gem! Excellent personal service... read more

Reviewed 8 December 2017
Matthew D
Beautiful Art and Crafts in Arusha

It was my first time in Arusha where I had gone to conduct some business for only a day. A friend... read more

Reviewed 4 December 2017
Clare N
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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 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.

Reviewed 4 December 2017

It was my first time in Arusha where I had gone to conduct some business for only a day. A friend asked me what I would like to see and I replied crafts. We went to the crafts market in Arusha but I wasn't satisfied...More

Thank Clare N
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2017

Thank you for your review.We are glad you enjoyed the various stores and the different artifacts and handicrafts. Thank you for the visit.

Reviewed 28 November 2017

We had a very bad experience purchasing loose Tanzanite Stones at the store attached to the Heritage Center (Same Owner). We paid and they gave us a certificate of $1600 USD specifying the real value was at least double that amount. At home in Canada,...More

Thank GhysRob
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2017

Dear Client, We have received your review and are as disturbed as you are but would like to assure you that we are one of the largest and reputed dealers of art, crafts and gemstones. If for any reason you are not happy at any...More

Reviewed 28 November 2017

Worth going but the quality of the products is not up to standard. It's a commercial store nothing to do with "heritage".More

Thank kchung99
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2017

Indeed it is a commercial place we do not advertise as any other thing. Sorry you thought as anything other than souvenier shop. If the largest and the best artists of Africa exhibiting their art at the Cultural Heritage is not up to standard then...More

Reviewed 22 November 2017

On our recent trip to Tanzania we ended up going to the Cultural Heritage Center two times. There was a lot of interesting things there but it definately catered to the toursts. One section had a few displays but mostly shops. The second section was...More

Thank Pamela R
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 24 November 2017

Thank you for your review. At Cultural Heritage one can buy a variety of quality souveniers, wood carvings, bronze sculptures, unique wildlife paintings from well known local artists, African antiques and handicrafts. It is most appreciated by both tourists and local residents. Thank you for...More

Reviewed 22 November 2017

This is a nice place to go and spend some time relaxing and walking around. The art building has at least 5 different floors filled with different type of art (Paintings, sculptures, furniture, masks). All of the art is on sale (expensive), and there are...More

Thank Morgan V
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2017

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit to Cultural Heritage Centre and ejoyed the food at the restaurant. You are most welcome to visit us again.

Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

We took time out to visit the cultural centre thinking it was a museum, but it ended up being a spot to buy souvenirs. It is tastefully presented and undeniable skill in the products for sale, but when you are hoping to learn about the...More

Thank Janine P
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2017

Thank you for taking time to visit The Cultural Heritage Centre. We have many small stores like the Maasai Hut, Leather shop depicting the Masai Cultural and traditional handicrafts like beaded necklaces, Masai spears, shields, maasai shukas etc and the Spice centre with original fresh...More

Reviewed 20 November 2017

Go to this place. It has everything from less expensive trinkits to a trustworthy source to purchase Tanzanite. The owner, Mr, Saif, has put together a wonderful collection of handmade wares from around Tanzania. It's dizzying! There are kiosk shops around the perimeter with way...More

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

At the Cultural Heritage Centre we have many shops depicting the African Cultural and traditional goods like the Maasai hut, leather hut and the Art Gallery which is a Treasure Trove of African antiques and artwork. One can spend a whole day here. Thank you...More

Reviewed 19 November 2017

Our group of four women spent our last day in Tanzania at the Cultural. We enjoyed the art gallery and the wide variety of shops. Lunch was a perfect ending to our visit.

Thank val-mn
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2017

Thank you for the review and are glad you enjoyed your visit to the Cultural Heritage Centre. Thank you for the visit and are most welcome to visit us again.

Reviewed 17 November 2017

We had extra time before catching a flight out of Arusha so our drive stopped here for a quick visit. It was good to walk around for about 30 min but I wouldn't make this a designated attraction unless you are set on buying some...More

Thank Katie D
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2017

Thank you for the review.The Art Gallery at the centre is one of the largest in Africa and is the platform for many local artists to display their work. The prices are based on Artist prices on fair trade basis. 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
5 November 2017|
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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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