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Cultural Heritage Centre

Arusha-Dodoma Road, Arusha, Tanzania
+255 787 135 610
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This is a surprise

Our safari guide dropped us off here to kill about 30 minutes. WHAT A GREAT PLACE!!. This has the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Preston S
Wonderful Gallery and Souvenier Shop

This was a great stop at the end of our Safari trip and absolutely loved the art gallery and the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
David G
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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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+255 787 135 610
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Our safari guide dropped us off here to kill about 30 minutes. WHAT A GREAT PLACE!!. This has the most beautiful, creative artwork and souvenirs we saw anywhere in Tanzania. (And no, the prices were not outrageous. Since this was our last stop before going...More

Thank Preston S
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This was a great stop at the end of our Safari trip and absolutely loved the art gallery and the great showcase of local talent it provided. Would have loved to bring more back!

Thank David G
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A great place, still charming, with many hidden treasures, everyone should be spending more than 2h there as this might be the highest jewels concentration in Tanzania !

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Vast array of authentic African hand made souvenirs. A must for any visitor to this area of Tanzania. They ship if you find a large treasure or two that won't fit in your luggage, such as large wooden figures. Be sure to look up down...More

Thank TravelerTXLA
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Reviewed 6 days ago

There is a lot to choose from, however, the prices are really high and without much bargaining. I prefer the Maasai Market in town where you can get much better prices. But if you are looking for Tanzanite, this is a great place!

Thank Tammy B
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Wonderful place to pickup some souvenirs, but don't miss the adjoining art gallery. Could spend some time just looking at all the beautiful items here.

Thank jim t
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I spent a few minutes there, bought some gifts but woudln-t recommend going there on purpose unless you have a lot of free time

Thank mariamabdulkarim2010
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was great to be able to catch those last minute gifts for the family at home and then to pick up some great tanzanite!

Thank Pasjosh
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The place was recommended to us by the company organizing our safari as a place where we could easily spend few hours before leaving for the airport. So, we went there thinking that 2 hours were enough. To our surprise, we could have easily spent...More

Thank 314loredana
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A massive collection of history, art and artefacts. Spent about 2 hours here, could’ve easily spent all day here. Cafe was very nice and bathrooms were amazing!

Thank jadeorchid10
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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We are glad you liked our antiques, fine art and African handicrafts. Thank you for the visit and you are most welcome to visit us again and spend more time here.

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mdgdc
29 December 2017|
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Response from Cultural H | Property representative |
Yes we do have them, you are most welcome to come and see them
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Alice K
5 November 2017|
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Response from UrsulaK | Reviewed this property |
It is free
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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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