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Cultural Heritage Centre

Arusha-Dodoma Road, Arusha, Tanzania
+255 787 135 610
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Shopping for gifts from Tanzania

At the end of our Safari, we stopped at the Cultural Heritage Centre. This is more geared to... read more

Reviewed 28 September 2017
jmh6714
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Shopping- yes, Cultural stories- NO

We stopped by on our last day in Arusha and we were happy that we did as it gave us our last minute... read more

Reviewed 28 September 2017
broadfi2
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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 28 September 2017 via mobile

At the end of our Safari, we stopped at the Cultural Heritage Centre. This is more geared to shopping than cultural center. There is a large museum with art - which was very interesting. Must if the art is for sale. In the center, you...More

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thank you for your review. The Art Gallery is one of the largest on the continent of Africa and has genuine African antiques and African handicrafts. We also have a spice centre, a Maasai Hut, leather shop, beads shop, clothing stores and Tanzanite jewelry. Thank...More

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Reviewed 28 September 2017

We stopped by on our last day in Arusha and we were happy that we did as it gave us our last minute shopping needs. DO Not purchase tanzanite as the stores do not look legit and were happy that we shopped for tanzanite before...More

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Dear Client, Our store is more than legit if the President of U.S.A., King and Queen of Holland can come and buy Tanzanite from us but if you bought from another place than we are more than happy for you. But thank you for the...More

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Reviewed 22 September 2017

Lots of interesting items to look at and buy. The staff was helpful and not pushy at all. We were limited for time and only peaked inside the Art Gallery. All items in there are for sale. Even if you're not planning on buying int...More

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

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

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Reviewed 22 September 2017

I was looking for a certain bracelet and I described it to a man there and he led me right to it and it was only 6 US dollars I had seen the exact one in a different place for 20 US wish I had...More

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thank you for your review. One can purchase a variety of bracelets, Tanzanite jewelry, beaded necklaces and lots more.Thank you for the visit.

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Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

I thought this was a museum and hadn't realised that the pieces were for sale until I'd been there about 30mins. It houses a fabulously diverse range of antiques, furnishing, sculptures and fine art. From ancient artifacts from across the continent to old Zanzibar doors,...More

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2017

Thank you for your review and highlighting our establishment. The Art Gallery is one of the largest on the continent of Africa and has very unique African Antiques and a very vast range of artifacts and handicrafts from all over Africa. Thank you for the...More

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Reviewed 15 September 2017

Several people recommended stopping here, and we loved the two hours we had to wander, choose high-quality items to bring home - for gifting and for ourselves.

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2017

Thank you for your review and highlighting our establishment. You can purchase exclusive gifts and souveniers here and genuine African Antiques and glamourous Tanzanite jewellery. Thank you for the visit.

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Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

Cultural Heritage is a must stop for any visitor to Arusha. The main shop is full of arts and artisan items which help the visitor to have souveniers to take home. They also have precious Tanzanites and custom made jewelry for the shoppers of finer...More

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2017

Thank you for your review and highlighting our establishment.Cultural Heritage is a Treasure Trove of African art and culture. One can buy a variety of classic souveniers and exclusive Tanzanite Jewellery here. Thank you for the visit.

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Reviewed 10 September 2017

The Cultural Heritage Center is an interesting collection of shops selling anything from high end jewelry to souvenir trinkets. Its great for last minute purchases and shipping is available if your eyes are bigger than you suitcase. My favorite store was the Maasai Shop. I...More

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

Thank you for your review. This is the best place to shop for your souveniers and gifts. We have a wide selection to choose from wood carvings, clothing, Masai bead works, spices,paintings, bronze, metal and stone sculptures, Gemstone jewellery,Tanzanite stones and many many more interesting...More

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Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

Building is far from Arusha's center, so take taxi. Building looks nice and they sell a lot of expensive stuff (big paintings, big statues etc). I was just looking for simple souveniers like magnets and flag patches, but they didn't have it or a very...More

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2017

Dear client, Thank you for your review. We have the largest collection of magnet patches and other souvenier. I think you probably ended up in another place or just missed our spice centre where we stock the largest collection of books, music, spices, magnets and...More

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Reviewed 9 September 2017

We stopped here on our last day in Tanzania, we had some time to kill before our flight left and wanted to bring home some souvenirs. I had told our guide that I was interested in visiting the Maasai Market but he suggested this place...More

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2017

Dear Client, Thank you for your review. Your review tells it all. You prefer to be swallowed like the wilderbeast by crocodiles rather than shop in a place with fair trade policies and hassle free shopping and at the same time get to see the...More

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Yes we do have them, you are most welcome to come and see them
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There is no entrance fee to enter Cultural Heritage, You are most welcome to visit us.
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