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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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Lovely place in Arusha

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

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
MannieB1953
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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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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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Thank MannieB1953
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 

Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

i heard that this place is the biggest in Africa.its really worth visiting this place. they had loot of antiques that i have never seen in my life time.

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Thank johnandrew600
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for my review. Yes the Art gallery is one of the biggest on the continent of Africa and has unique artifacts and African antiques. Thank you for visiting us. More 

Melbourne
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

My tour operator took me to this centre and it was a pleasant first introduction to Tanzania. It is free entry. I actually enjoyed just taking photos at this centre. The Maasai lady asked for TSH2000 after I asked in Swahili if I could take a photo. I obliged. There were many pieces to browse. The prices were very high... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Nice place. Excellent architecture. Worth a visit when in Arusha. The shop has a lovely and huge stock of Tanzznites to choose from though they are a little pricey.

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Thank Garrett - A
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We have a wide collection of gem stones and Tanzanites and have the largest Art gallery on the continent of Africa with genuine unique artifacts. More 

Kiddy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

What a fascinating centre. Managed to do some shopping for presents to take home at reasonable prices and no haggling and no one bothering us. The art gallery has some amazing things. The building is very large and amazing architecture.

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

Thank you for your review.Thank you for visiting us and you are most welcome to visit us again. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

I went on a Sunday---good day to go as it's not so crowded. Lots of options in the gift shop, including a great education in tanzanite and it's properties, colors, etc. Saif is smart and helpful without giving a hard sell. The restaurant there serves good tasty food---we shared bhajis and keeps balls then had the mutton curry---all very tasty!... More 

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

Thank you for your review.You are most welcome to come and visit us again and especially see the Art Gallery. More 

New York Mills, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

So much available in this center that a lot of time needs to be devoted to it - give yourself two hours to see all of it.

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Thank Deborah W
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Cultural Heritage has lots to see, It has the biggest Art Gallery on the continent of Africa this is a beautiful building which is four levels and has lots of unique artifacts like african antiques, bronze sculptures, wood carvings and paintings from very talented artists. You definately need time to see all these. There are... More 

Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

We stopped here before leaving Arusha to pick up souvenirs . there is a spot to have coffee and also very nice restrooms. Large store and plenty to choose from.

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

Thank you for your review. A one stop shopping centre where you can have a delicious meal, shop, buy souveniers and enjoy shopping. More 

queensland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

i had low expectations for our trip to the cultural heritage centre but i was completely wrong. The art work was amazing, extraordinarily beautiful talented work. And the artifacts and bronze sculptures on the bottom level were museum worthy. highly recommended. the shop next to the museum also has some of the cheapest souvenirs we found in arusha, without the... More 

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Thank ruthj74
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. The Art Gallery is the biggest on the continent of Africa with amazing unique artifacts and the other stores like spice centre, leather shop, clothing stores beads and gems centre has lots of interesting souveniers. You are most welcome to visit us again. More 

San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

On our way in from Kilimanjaro International Airport our amazing guide suggested we take a quick 30 minute break and check out this amazing gallery. I am so glad he did. This was 30 minutes of my life I will never forget. The quality of art found in this, the largest art gallery on the continent, is worth your time... 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 you enjoyed visiting the Cultural Heritage and are most welcome to visit us again. More 

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