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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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Nice Art Museum & Gift Shop

We stopped here for about an hour with our safari guide as one of the last things we did before going to the Arusha airport to catch a flight to Zanzibar. We walked through the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Manhattan Beach, California
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Manhattan Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stopped here for about an hour with our safari guide as one of the last things we did before going to the Arusha airport to catch a flight to Zanzibar. We walked through the art gallery which consists of 3 or so floors. All the pieces are for sale and some of them were very good. After that, we... More 

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

Thank you for your review and thank you for visitng us. Any purchase of Tanzanite stones and Tanzanite jewelry goes with a certificate because what you purchase here is authentic and genuine. More 

Rabat, Morocco
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had a problem with a pair of earrings we purchased at the Cultural Heritage Centre, the setting of the stones in each earring were different. We noticed the difference when we arrived home halfway across the world, much to our dismay. I'm grateful and happy to say that after several email messages back and forth, the manager of the... More 

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

Thank you for your review. Our top priority is to make sure each and every customer is satisfied with their purchases. We believe in customer satisfaction and are very happy that you are very happy and we want you to enjoy wearing your earrings. More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It was great to learn how people live and we loved the wonderful home cooked meal! I recommend this hihgly.

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

Thank you for your review. Yes our restaurant serves delicious mouth watering meals. Thank you for visiting us. More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to get a lot of your souvenir shopping done, this is a good place to go for high-quality options.

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

Thank you for your review. Yes we have a very unique and exclusive collection of souveniers like antique artifacts, bronze sculptures,wooden carvings, paintings, clothing items, beads, gemstone and Tanzanite jewelry and lots and lots more. Thank you for visiting us. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are residents of Arusha and we frequent this place. Saif and Zahra are super to work with and all their staff is helpful and welcoming. They have tremendous variety and everything is great quality. They make it easy to buy gifts for friends and family or decorate your own home with unique carvings, paintings, etc. If you're looking for... More 

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

Thank you for your review. We are very happy that you enjoy your visits to Cultural Heritage and look forward to seeing you again and again, thank you very much for visiting us. More 

Puyallup, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found the most amazing Art Gallery in Arusha Tanzania at the Cultural Heritage Center. The Architural design of building was very unique. There was quite a bit of work contained inside including high quality paintings, wood carving and many other types of African. It rivaled Art Galleries anywhere else that we have seen. On the grounds there were several... More 

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

Thank you for your review.Cultural Heritage has lots to offer...a very spectacular Art Gallery with African antiques,bronze sculptures, wood carvings, paintings and other shopping stores like the spice centre, leather shop, bead and gems centre and exclusive Tanzanite jewelry, clothing stores etc. Thank you for visiting us. More 

Farringdon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have driven past the Cultural Heritage Centre dozens of times and not ventured in. What a mistake. The Art Gallery is probably one of the most spectacular I have ever been to. The Maasai and African crafts are reasonably priced and the little shops at the back offer a variety of wares , but these are sometimes a little... More 

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

Thank you for your review. Yes we have a spectacular Art gallery with genuine african antiques and unique artifacts and lots of more to shop in the other stores which have very qood quality goods like the gems centre, Tanzanite jewelry, safari clothing items, leather goods and lots more to see. Thank you for visiting us. More 

Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you missed anything on your travels, this place has it all. We spent a great deal of time shopping here at the end of our safari. They have everything, including lots of Tanzanite.

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

Thank you for your review. Yes it is the place to shop for unique souveniers, we have a wide selection of artifacts in the Art Gallery... from African antiques to bronze sculptures, wooden carvings and paintings. We also have a spice centre, clothing stores, Maasai bead shop, leather shop, gems centre and beautiful Tanzanite jewelry and a restaurant that serves... More 

Arusha, Tanzania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The owners of Cultural Heritage make everyone from Kings, Presidents, potentates to even those of us of lesser social standing feel as though we ARE Kings and Presidents! There is something for everyone at CHC. We always take our guests from other countries to see the art, jewelry and souvenirs and they are never disappointed! The coffee and treats are... More 

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

Thank you for your review. Thank you very much for your kind words.The motto of Cultural Heritage is to make sure all our customers are very special and are all treated like Kings and Queens and customer satisfaction is our top priority. Thank you very much for visiting us and you and all your guests are most welcome to visit... More 

Chippenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The best part, besides the design of the building, is the art gallery. The art work is fantastic and covers all things from furniture to local artists

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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 has many unique African antiques, bronze sculptures, wooden carvings and paintings from various artists.Thank you for visiting us and you are most welcome to visit us again. More 

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