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Cultural Heritage Centre

Arusha-Dodoma Road, Arusha, Tanzania
+255 27 250 7496
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I have driven past the Cultural Heritage Centre dozens of times and not ventured in. What a... read more

Reviewed 14 November 2016
Nicky J J
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Farringdon, United Kingdom
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Shop til you drop.

If you missed anything on your travels, this place has it all. We spent a great deal of time... read more

Reviewed 14 November 2016
Sandi C
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Portland, Oregon
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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 14 November 2016 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...More

Thank Nicky J J
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2016

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...More

Reviewed 14 November 2016

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.More

Thank Sandi C
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2016

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...More

Reviewed 14 November 2016

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...More

Thank rrmoffett
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2016

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...More

Reviewed 13 November 2016

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

Thank MannieB1953
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2016

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.

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...More

Thank AussieSophia
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.

Thank Garrett - A
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2016

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.

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.

Thank cookekiddy
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2016

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

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...More

Thank Melodycobra
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2016

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

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.More

Thank Deborah W
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2016

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...More

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.

Thank 45Jann
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2016

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

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blondechickma
What are your hours?
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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Peter F
Hi, I purchased some tanzanite at the Cultural Centre on the 9th of January. It was a 0.7 carat stone, with four smaller stones and a small Tsavorite. I think I was served by Mr Khanbhai, who passed me onto another server when my card played up. I was able to finish my purchase with the card and cash I had on me (It was a constant problem in Africa wherein my card didn't like making large purchases!). So I still have the receipts for the purchase of which I'm quite pleased.. However, I had to race out due to my tour group leaving. Two questions: 1. Is it still possible to get a certificate for my stones? I only found out later that this was available as I have the receipts. 2. Is it still possible to buy gems from Mr Khanbhai, from Australia? He had good prices on the stones I saw. Cheers, Peter
4 February 2017|
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Response from Cultural H | Property representative |
Dear Peter, Thanking you for visiting us and regarding your questions please call us on +255 27 250 7496/8698 so we can do the needful for sending you the certificate for your purchases.
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asheemmital
Is the centre open on Sundays and holidays
11 December 2016|
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Response from Cultural H | Property representative |
Yes it is open on Sundays and public holidays.
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