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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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I did not originally anticipate visiting the Cultural Heritage Center, but we decided to stop in quickly. They have such an amazing assortment of items that our problem became... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 September 2016
Chanda B
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Durham, Oregon
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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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Thank ImtiB
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 

Durham, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

I did not originally anticipate visiting the Cultural Heritage Center, but we decided to stop in quickly. They have such an amazing assortment of items that our problem became too little time to really look enough. We were also at the beginning of a safari, so we did not want to cart around purchased items, but the center offered to... More 

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

Thank you for your review. Yes Cultural Heritage has many shopping stores to offer like, spice center, leather and bead shop, gems center, clothing stores and the biggest Art gallery and much more to see. You will definitely need more time to see everything. You are most welcome to visit us again. More 

Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Recently we visited the Cultural Heritage Centre on our way to Tanzania's National Parks for safari, and we are so happy that we did. The owners, Shaji and Zahra, were so helpful and knowledgeable. We were especially interested in tanzanite gems, and the Centre's collection was extensive and complete, and included gems of all qualities from beautiful tanzanite already set... More 

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

Thank you for your review. It is our aim to make sure all our customers are fully satisfied and thoroughly enjoy visiting and shopping at the Cultural Heritage. We are very happy you enjoyed our extensive collection of the various arts and jewelry. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

A large market place that also tracks the traditional history of east Africa. Not widely advertised this center has restaurants craft markets and a huge gallery where everything is for sale. Could have spent a day here.

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

Thank you for your review. Yes you can spend a whole day as there is lots to see! More 

Friday Harbor, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

We visited the Cultural Heritage Centre twice in a week -- the first time to get our bearings and the second time to do some serious shopping. This is definitely a clearinghouse for all arts and crafts of Africa. There is also an excellent selection at all price points, ranging from the small souvenir/gift crafts to a fine arts gallery.... More 

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

Thank you for your review. Thank you for visiting us twice and we are very happy that you thoroughly enjoyed your visit and shopping at Cultural Heritage. We hope to see you again soon. More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

family visit to Arusha from london then on to safari visited heritage centre has 2 parts - 1 part lots of shops selling very good quality holiday memorabilia and tanzanite gems, we were fortunate the owner was there proved to entertain us with his enthusiasm and knowledge about the gem. next door was the art exhibition on several floors very... More 

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

Thank you for your review.This is the place to shop for unique genuine quality souveniors and lovely artifacts for all. Please do visit us when you come back to Arusha. There is always lots of new things to see. More 

New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Very beautiful and extensive collection of art, well worth spending a few hours even if you are not interested in buying. the restaurant serves delicious food. It is a free attraction.

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

Thank you for your review. We have a very big Art Gallery which is four levels and you definately need time to see and appreciate the art. Our restaurant serves delicious mouth watering menus and you can spend a whole day viewing the Art Gallery. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Traditional masks and sculptures of the highest quality have been gathered from many parts of the continent. Add to that a large collection of contemporary paintings and you have enough to keep the serious collector busy for much of the day. But the tourist who wants locally-made jewellry, smaller paintings, and various craft items will also be satisfied.

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

Thank you for your review. This is the right place for Art lovers, collectors and tourists to buy unique quality souvenirs. More 

Arusha, Tanzania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

A great free to visit museum of art and artifacts. The only attraction in Arusha worth visiting, IMHO.

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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 to see the biggest Art gallery on the continent of Africa. More 

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

Saif has built a great operation here. Products are at fixed, but fair prices and the fact you don't have to haggle is a big improvement over most other places. Impressive museum/gallery onsite.

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Thank Victor J
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. We are very happy you enjoyed the Art gallery. More 

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