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Cultural Heritage Centre

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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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Great place to grab some high quality souvienirs of Tanzania

Whenever we travel in new countries we like to purchase several items made in the area we travel through--but often the shops just contain cheap kitsch made elsewhere. We stopped... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 July 2016
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East Greenbush, New York, United States
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East Greenbush, New York, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

Whenever we travel in new countries we like to purchase several items made in the area we travel through--but often the shops just contain cheap kitsch made elsewhere. We stopped at the Cultural Heritage Center twice wile visiting Arusha--in part because we knew that it was stuffed with a wide diversity of authentic locally produced products---from Maasai cloth to carved... More 

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1 Thank Mrmitosis
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. Please visit us again when you come back to Arusha. More 

houston
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

More like an overpriced tourist stop. The items they have for sale you can buy in town or at other places for much cheaper. worth going

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1 Thank kimmie89450
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this review

We appreciate you reviewing our establishment. Any constructive criticism is welcome. However, we do not agree with your comment of buying from locals because we have on display some of the finest crafts and art produced by local artists. We encourage people to view the exhibit in our gallery without making entrance charges not levying any fees. Also we do... More 

El Dorado Hills, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

I visited this today's in a row. Amazing place with huge collection of Art and local crafts. Surprisingly my 13 and 14 year old boys loved this place and asked me to take them again the next day.

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1 Thank Soma K
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and appreciating our collection of Art. More 

Montevideo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

Although the museum can be a bit hidden and not noticed at first, it is a must see. The owner himself conducted a tour for us and we could appreciate the paintings, sculpture, the biggest single piece of ebony sculpture in the world as well as the social work they are doing.

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

Thank you for your review. The art gallery exhibits paintings and various art works from many local artists and aims at promoting local artists. More 

Los Angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

If you're looking for a great way to spend an afternoon, look no further. The Cultural Heritage Centre is filled with beautiful arts, crafts and historical pieces. Most of the items are available for purchase, but the displays and art galleries are filled with one of a kind artworks. There's a restaurant and coffee shop as well for all to... More 

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Dar Es Salaam Region, Tanzania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

What a surprise, all the curios you can get in Dar-es-Salaam and Zanzibar all in one place and so beautifully set out that you can spend a full morning if not a day just exploring. Also the best place to get Tanzanite if you are wanting to a little treasure to take back

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

Thank you for your review. Thank you for shopping with us. More 

Mars Hill, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

As we had a day in Arusha prior to starting our safari, our guide, Dickson Madiwa with It Started in Africa, took us to visit the Cultural Heritage Center. Here we found an abundance of handmade arts and crafts across a range of prices. We were free to browse at our own pace and decide whether to buy. (I bought!)... More 

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

Thank you for your review. We have a wide variety of arts and crafts and restaurants which serve mouth watering menus. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

Why go anywhere else on the Northern safari circuit to buy any souvenir. We regretted stopping at at least 5 different shops while on the Lake Manyara/Ngorongoro/Serengeti circuit. All those prices were either over priced or had poor quality stuff. On the way back, just before going back to the hotel, we decided to spend 10 minutes at this place.... More 

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

Thank you very much for your review. Our priority is to make sure we sell quality products and are happy that every customer purchases quality stuff at Cultural Heritage. More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

If you want to buy quality souvenirs and are willing to spend a bit more than you're apt to in local markets then this is the place for you. Came here primarily for their mask selection and ended up buying more than I originally planned because they're that cool. Lots of different styles from a wide variety of countries. Some... More 

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1 Thank Jason G
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Yes we have a very wide fascinating collection of masks from various African countries each with its history and origin, and lots more to see. More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

The Cultural Heritage Centre was well worth the visit. Looks can be deceiving from the outside. When I walked inside I was shocked to see floors and floors of fascinating art from all over Africa. The inside was way bigger than I had ever expected. Even the outside had amazing art pieces. I'm not one that goes to art museums... More 

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Thank Andy S
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Seeing is believing and It is very nice to know you had a wonderful experience and thoroughly enjoyed it. Yes entrance is absolutely free where as in other museums they always charge a fee. More 

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