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Cultural Heritage Centre

Arusha-Dodoma Road, Arusha, Tanzania
787135610
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Surprisingly great museum/art gallery/shop complex

My friend and I had a couple of hours to kill before our flight out of Arusha and spent it here. We... read more

Reviewed 1 June 2017
powaqa00
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Saint Louis, Missouri
Museum visit highly recommended

Our tour group stopped at the cultural center as a "shopping spot", primarily for those looking for... read more

Reviewed 30 May 2017
Lccolumbus
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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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“wood carvings” (18 reviews)
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Arusha-Dodoma Road, Arusha, Tanzania
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Reviewed 1 June 2017

My friend and I had a couple of hours to kill before our flight out of Arusha and spent it here. We were extremely happy we went. The best way to describe the place is a museum with the biggest gift shop you've ever seen....More

Thank powaqa00
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2017

Thank you for your review and highlighting our establishment. The Art Gallery is one of the largest in Africa and we appreciate that you are describing it as a museum. We are happy that you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

Our tour group stopped at the cultural center as a "shopping spot", primarily for those looking for tanzanite, of which it has plenty to purchase. Our stop was only for an hour and a half. I spent most of the time in the gift shop,...More

Thank Lccolumbus
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review our establishment. As already mentioned by you the Art Gallery is a fascinating place. The Gallery is one of the largest in Africa having original works of Art from different artists from all over the continent. It...More

Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

A great place to souvenir shop, but also a wonderful art gallery. If you like art, plan to spend some time here, as the collection is huge. The masks come from all over Africa and are really wonderful. There are also paintings, wood carvings, sculpture,...More

Thank CaliforniaPearl
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2017

Thank you for your review and highlighting our establishment. Yes one can spend a whole day in the Art Gallery there is so much of various forms of arts and crafts and antiques to view.We are glad you enjoyed your visit and are most welcome...More

Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

I was taken into the bead room a circular building packed full of all types of African trading beads . I was amazed at the different varieties they had , I got lost in this small bead museum while my wife was going gaga over...More

Thank Flashback67
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2017

Thank you for your review. The beads collection that we have is one its kind and very unique and so is the precious Tanzanite gem stone. At the Cultural Heritage Centre we have a very wide selection of Tanzanite stones and glamorous jewelery. Thank you...More

Reviewed 22 May 2017

At first you may think the Cultural Heritage Center is a state, city or government run facility. It's not, it's a market for art, tanzanite, and other cultural items. Make sure you purchase some of the wonderful items they have.More

Thank Dudesdad
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2017

The Cultural Heritage Centre is a privately owned organisation which promotes different aspiring artisits to display their work of Art. We are one of the largest Center for Arts and Crafts in Africa and as pointed out by you, have wonderful exclusive items for all...More

Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

What a fabulous centre! We met the owner who greeted us as soon as we walked in. The centre is presented well and does not feel like an overpriced souvenirs tourist trap. The art centre displays local talent which is worthwhile to visit.

Thank Nikks B
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

Thank you for your review. The Cultural Heritage Centre believes in fair trade in pricing as we give opportunities to countless local artists to display their art. Thank you for appreciating our local talent and visiting us.

Reviewed 1 May 2017

The name is so apt for this place....its a conglomeration of culture and tradition from all parts of Africa. A huge collection of furnitures, wooden works, beaded jewelleries, souvenirs which will keep you in awe.More

Thank Madhumita S
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017

Thank you for your review. The Cultural Heritage has one of the largest Art Gallery on the continent of Africa which has a wide collection of antiques, furniture, masks, wooden, bonze and stone carvings. We also have a unique collection of beaded jewelery, Tanzanite stones...More

Reviewed 30 April 2017

The Cultural Heritage Center is a must see for any safari going through Arusha. Great shopping at excellent prices. Very nice museum. Many pieces of the art work are for sale.

Thank GigEm1973
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2017

Thank you for your review and highlighting our establishment. Cultural Heritage has one of the largest Art gallery on the continent of Africa with lots of African antiques and amazing artworks. Thank you for your visit.

Reviewed 19 April 2017

We were taken here by Heri Africa Tours as complimentary Tour prior to our flight to Zanzibar. I was impressed by the quality of artworks in the Art Center (tallest building). I love paintings so much and seeing those paintings from various artists in Tanzania...More

Thank kokopineda
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2017

Thank you for your review and highlighting our establishment. The Art Gallery supports local artists and gives them a chance to display their work. There are pleanty of paintings with amazing themes and styles. The Cultural Heritage Centre has also other stores like the bead...More

Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Culturel Heritage is really nice location for travellers. You can buy some little things as a present for your friends and you can find really nice arts there...

Thank Tanyel Y
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2017

Thank you for your review. Cultural Heritage is the place to shop and buy small knick knack souveniors to Elegant Tanzanite jewellery and has lots of Artifacts and artwork for everyones taste. Thank you for the visit.

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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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