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Cultural Heritage Centre

Arusha-Dodoma Road, Arusha, Tanzania
787135610
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Wonderful Art Gallery!

The Arusha Cultural Heritage Centre is a must-see stop for anyone interested in African souvenirs... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
kjakobovits
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Sacramento, California
Great place to shop while in Arusha

Went here with a group in February of 2017. Walking this place is like being in a African museum... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
TravelingFromHermosa
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Hermosa Beach, California
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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 3 days ago

The Arusha Cultural Heritage Centre is a must-see stop for anyone interested in African souvenirs and artifacts. Allow plenty of time to peruse their diverse treasures. I regret that our travel group didn't allow adequate time for us to browse the many floors of art...More

Thank kjakobovits
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review. One can spend a whole day here because there are lots of intereting artifacts and African handicrafts to appreciate. For any information required you can contact us by e-mail on upa@habari.co.tz or call us on our landline telephone number +255272507496...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

Went here with a group in February of 2017. Walking this place is like being in a African museum. I purchase a tanzanite gem here. Lots of furniture and art work. Recommended.

Thank TravelingFromHermosa
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review.Our Art Gallery is the largest on the continent of Africa and has African Antiques and Modern Art. One can purchase the best quality Tanzanite gems here. Thank you for the visit.

Reviewed 5 days ago

I bought an original painting in the Art Gallery which represents the soul of Tanzanian friends, and fulfills my dreams of a gift for my sister, my true and cherished friend. She was in tears when she received it! The Tanzanite jeweler, Hussein Amijee, and...More

Thank LauraJ1957
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your review and we are very happy that your sister is enjoying the painting and you are enjoying your magnificent Tanzanite ring. Thank you for the visit and are most welcome to visit us again.

Reviewed 1 week ago

The heritage centre is a large shopping area really, with information about the background of the art. The art is lovely, but very expensive (although I'm sure very worth it for an art lover). Very geared towards Westerners, so not what I would describe as...More

Thank Jessica H
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. Our Art and handicrafts are very authentic African Art. Thank you for the visit.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a series of stores in one compound. Each store has a speciality. Prices are higher than at almost anywhere else but the quality of the items is also high. We visited the Maasai village center for some old beaded collars that were about...More

Thank Polly O
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and enjoyed shopping here.Thank you for the visit.

Reviewed 1 week ago

You must stop here after any visit to this area of the world. The art and the goods are the best price point I saw in the whole country. Save your money to spend here on malachite, masai blankets, kitchen goods, gifts, art, tanzanite and...More

Thank haleyharrisonhill
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review and highlighting our establishment. Our various shopping stores such as the Masai hut, Spice centre, beads and gemstone centre, clothing stores and the Art Gallery have unique african arts and handicrafts and one cannot miss our restaurant which serves delicious...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a really great place to visit. Beautiful art gallery with loads of historical objects to view. You could easily spend a couple of hours here looking around and then visiting the shop which has a mountain of interesting souvenirs. The first thing to...More

Thank Welshperson
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Client, Thank you for your review. We are extremely sorry to hear the experience you had at the airport for i checked with the authority and they assured me that for souveniers you dont need export permit and the receipt we gave you was...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Our hotel got us a driver to take us around town to buy souvenirs. They dropped us off and the staff at the Heritage Centre walked us around to the shops and the art gallery. The Tanzanite monger seemed a little shady, but his family...More

Thank Charles W
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review and visit at Cultural Heritage. We do not agree with your comment about a little shady since everything sold is genuine and certified. We are glad you have appreciated the souveniers.

Reviewed 1 week ago

The Center is a good start and overview on the local culture and handicraft. An easy place to walk, look and ask questions without getting pressed or anoyed.

Thank Stefan B
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit to Cultural Heritage. The Art Gallery is a treasure trove of African art and handicrafts. Thank you for the visit.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a large complex of art dealers, tanzanite dealers and sellers of local crafts. It is worth a visit whether or not you are interested in buying, just to see the fabulous paintings and sculptures produced by locals. Nice thing about this complex is...More

Thank Annette M
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review and highlighting our establishment. The Art Gallery has antiques from all over Africa, paintings from local artists, bronze, stone and wood sculptures. The Art Gallery is the platform for many local artists to exhibit their work and once sold the...More

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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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