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Address: Arusha-Dodoma Road, Arusha, Tanzania
Phone Number: +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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Worth a visit to get a feel for African art and culture. Art is reasonably priced and displays local artists. Free to enter.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 June 2016
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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

Brought clients here several times and they really enjoy set up of the heritage ,it's a an amazing place to take a photo. My issue would they exaggerate price on their commodities & art especially if you are a not a Tanzania resident.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Worth a visit to get a feel for African art and culture. Art is reasonably priced and displays local artists. Free to enter.

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

Thank you for your review. Yes entrance is free there is no charge and you can see lots at the Cultural Heritage, Centre. More 

Galway, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Fabulous museum and shopping for Tanzanite Beautiful artworks upstairs Food and shopping outside Pretty much everything under the one roof to have tHe total Tanzania experience

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

Thank you for your review. Cultural Heritage is a one stop shopping center where you can buy unique Tanzanite jewellery , souveniors and lots of genuine antiques and fabulous art. More 

Nampula, Mozambique
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

excellent cultural center for those who like to know sculptures, in my personal opinion this one of the most beautiful sculptures north between Mozambique and Kenya, thin pieces of good taste the rustic, prices also are well salted, but is pieces of wood solid.

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Winchester, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

No easy feat but I've travelled all over Africa for over 20 years; from Morocco to Uganda to South Africa, Mozambique and beyond. This is by far the best collection of African art, artists, sculptures, and various esoteric items that I have ever seen! I met the owner and be personally gave us a tour. He's collected some of the... More 

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

Thank you for your review. The Art gallery is the Largest on the continent of Africa and we are glad you enjoyed it very much. More 

Essex
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

I am probably not the best person to write a review of this as I am not a big souvenir collector and et's be straight this is not a cultural heritage centre it is a souvenir shop. Even the adjacent art gallery is a souvenir shop albeit for those with deeper pockets. However, this place does have some merit. In... More 

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

Thank you for taking time to review our establishment. Indeed there is no pretence in Cultural Heritage it is one of the largest Art and craft center in Africa and through the art, craft and ethnographic collection you can understand the Culture of Africa. The Art gallery is one of the largest art gallery in Africa. Hence once again thank... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016

Unless you are into souvenirs (and that's ok if you are), spend your time here in the adjoining art gallery which is of architectural interest, as well as holding a wonderful collection of African art. The building itself echoes three major artifacts of Africa: the drum, the spear, and the shield. Inside, the sloping concentric ramps might remind you of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

Absolutely amazing! A treasure house of wonderful art, sculpture and handcrafts. Must return there soon.

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

Thank you for your review. The Cultural Heritage is a treasure trove of very interesting African arts and culture. You are most welcome to visit us again very soon. More 

Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

From antique artifacts to modern art, including sculpture, Tingatinga,photography and portraiture. Several leve3ls with most items for sale. Surrounded by souvenir shops that have a wide range of items but items are cheaper elsewhere.

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

Thank you for your review and visiting us. We are happy you enjoyed seeing the various forms of Art and souveniers. More 

Arusha, Tanzania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

Cultural Heritage is a unique cultural centre on the outskirts of Arusha. They have curio shops, a jewellery boutique, a tanzanite and precious stone counter, also restaurant, bargain centre and outstanding commercial art gallery.

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