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Cultural Heritage Centre

Arusha-Dodoma Road, Arusha, Tanzania
787135610
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best place to shop!

I bought all my souvenirs here and was delighted with the workmanship and variety. The staff all... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2017
Catherine M
Everything African you can imagine.

It's over whelming, but friends who are often in Arusha say it is the best place to shop. Plan on... read more

Reviewed 2 March 2017
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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 March 2017

I bought all my souvenirs here and was delighted with the workmanship and variety. The staff all speak several languages and would go to great length to find me any item I asked about. There were multiple items that were small enough to fit in...More

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2017

Thank you for your review. We are very glad you enjoyed your visit at the Cultural Heritage Centre. You get the best quality and wide selection of souveniors here. Our staff are dedicated to ensure that all our clients are assisted and enjoy shopping at...More

Reviewed 2 March 2017

It's over whelming, but friends who are often in Arusha say it is the best place to shop. Plan on a half day there to see it all and eat lunch in their cafe.More

Thank NYCRitBit
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2017

Thank you for your review. Cultural Heritage has lots to see. The Art Gallery is one of the largest on the continent of Africa and a treasure trove of African Art, it has spectacular African Antiques, bronze, stone, wood carvings and lots of amazing paintings....More

Reviewed 27 February 2017

Great place to see diverse cultures and what they offer and how they differ from each other even only slightly. Great art and crafts for sale

Thank bryanfawcett
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

Thank you for the review of our establishment. We are one of the biggest Art Gallery in Africa and give opportunity to over 500 artists to display their Art. Diversity in African Culture is what makes African Culture unique. Thank you for the visit.

Reviewed 27 February 2017

We purchased many items here. Goods were very reasonably priced, and they took all cards, and US$ cash. They have a huge range of tee shirts in all sizes from kids up, many wooden, brass and Malachite items, and of course awesome jewellery, both of...More

Thank RaneeB
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

Thank you for your review. Thank you for appreciating and liking our collection of T-shirts, wooden, bronze, Malachite and stone carvings and also our wide variety of jewellery from beaded to semi precious gemstones and Tanzanite stones. Certificate of Authencity is issued for all Tanzanite...More

Reviewed 24 February 2017

This centre is an impressive place - from tradtional tourist knock knacks, to impressive pieces of art, carvings, and ponds, statues, etc - this is definitely a one-stop shop for African art and souvenirs. The only thing that bothered us was the 'person' assigned to...More

Thank harvman
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 25 February 2017

Thank you for your review in high lighting our establishment. The only reason for assigning a person is to assist in case of any query. However, we want our customers to feel free and comfortable during their visit and they can always politely tell the...More

Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

We stopped here for souvenirs on our way to the airport. Interesting place with a large variety and great prices. Nice clean restrooms as well. Parking available.More

Thank sherylselivanoff
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2017

Thank you for your review. We have a very vast selection of souveniors, lots of artifacts, wooden and bronze sculptures, unique beads, gemstone and Tanzanite Jewelry. There is pleanty of parking space. The Art Gallery is one of the largest on the continent of Africa...More

Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

We spent almost one day at Cultural Heritage. Perfect place if you want to buy african art - paintings, sculpture, masks. We bought paintings. If you have a day in Arusha before Safari go there. We were soo lucky to meet the owner Mr Khanbhai....More

Thank ErkutGoktan
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2017

Thank you for your review of our establishment. We are pleased that you have appreciated and highlighted our place. Mr. Khanbhai inherited the gift of welcoming clients from his Late Father. Cultural Heritage is the product of his childhood vission which he has achieved due...More

Reviewed 17 February 2017

This was a real treasure trove of quality African art and artifacts. And there was something for every budget - from small knick-knacks to jewellery. Unfortunately we couldn't spend too much time here because it was en route from Arusha to Tarangire, which is what...More

Thank shashibaliga
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2017

Thank you for your review. We have a wide variety and vast selection of souveniors from spices, leather works, beaded jewelery, Tanzanite stones and clothings. The Art Gallery has very unique antiques, artifacts, wooden carvings, bronze sculptures and quality paintings. The Art Gallery has lots...More

Reviewed 16 February 2017

This is a great place full of arts and crafts and the wholesale tanzanite shop. Really good cafe too. The enormous building housing the art and antiques was well worth the time spent there. A must see on your Tz travels.

Thank Dallas H
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2017

Thank you for your review. Yes we have wonderful artifacts and Tanzanite stones and amazing Jewelry. Thank you for your recommendation and visiting us.

Reviewed 16 February 2017

It would be difficult to find a more extensive collection of local African art and heritage. The presentation is amazing with a huge museum and several associated shops. And they are currently building another facility dedicated to natural history. Can't wait to go back.

Thank KRC1956
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2017

Thank you for your review of our establishment. We are pleased that you have appreciated and highlighted our place. We look forward to seeing you again. Thank you for the visit.

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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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