Cultural Heritage Centre
Cultural Heritage Centre
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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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gilly-klm
Moshi, Tanzania43 contributions
Jan 2022
I went with my students to the Cultural Heritage for an Educational Tour. Since we had a very tight schedule we arrive a bit late 5:58 and they close at 6:00pm. We were happy to be allowed by the manager to undertake a quick tour for 15 minutes. We were so please to accomplish our mission as it would have been difficult to organize another tour. We saw Tanzaniate a very precious stone , Curving and May pictures at affordable price. I highly recommend visit Cultural heritage as they are friendly and they have allot of options for shopping.
Written February 3, 2022
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Thank you for the review. Glad you enjoyed the visit.
Written February 4, 2022
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Jan Taylor
Atlanta, GA3 contributions
Mar 2021
We were lucky to have been taken to this beautiful arts and crafts gallery in Arusha before leaving the country. It was so big and the paints were just too beautiful, like the fact that they are mostly from the african artists. Prices are a bit high but they let you negotiate until you get the best price for yourself. Was able to buy a few souvenirs for my family and friends. A must visit place whilst in Arusha
Written April 7, 2021
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Thank you for the review and enjoying the vast variety of our African art collection.
Written April 8, 2021
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Victoria
Birmingham, UK10 contributions
Oct 2022
It was such an amazing place to visit and so worth our time. Free entry and the atmosphere was so calm and serene. The art itself is amazing and really evokes the cultural significance of the relationship between people and nature over time. The architecture of the museum itself is also stunning and the variety within is astounding. 100% would recommend if you're ever in Arusha.
Written November 1, 2022
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Thank you for the review and enjoying the art.
Written November 1, 2022
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mike d
Fort Lauderdale, FL5 contributions
Dec 2022
Once you enter this huge curio store you are immediately approached by an "assistant" who follows you until you leave. There is everything and more...Everything is extremely overpriced. we bought some carvings and the same where cheaper at the airport. Avoid this place.
Written December 12, 2022
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Dear Client, I do not know if you are talking about our establishment for all the goods sold here at Cultural Heritage are on consignment and it goes back to help the community and we work on Fair trade. We support over 3000 Artists and we take pride in helping the artist and the community through Fair trade and we take pride in our quality and price.
Written December 13, 2022
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JohnL
Sweden27 contributions
May 2022
If you like arts and crafts this is definitely a place for you. There are some really cool things to see and the whole vibe and atmosphere is really nice. There are so many beautiful paintings and handmade crafts that you wanna buy everything. Unfortunately the prices are a bit high and we just bought a few small things.

Personally I would have liked some more alternatives than these fancy souvenirs but I guess those are the ones in the local markets and streets. Anyhow entrance is free and I really recommend a visit if you have some time to spare.
Written May 30, 2022
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Thank you for the review and enjoying African Art and handicrafts. We have a vast variety of souvenirs for all price ranges and our prices are based on fair trade. Entrance is free of charge and you can see the largest collection of African antiques and Art for free. Thank you for the visit.
Written June 1, 2022
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Olrun Family
Anchorage, AK3 contributions
Jan 2023
I really appreciated the vast selection of carvings and paintings available for selection. Our tour company, Lendimi African Safaris brought us on the first day of our Arusha stay. A must see.
Written January 27, 2023
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Thank you for the review and glad you enjoyed the Art.
Written January 28, 2023
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Barry Marcus
1 contribution
Aug 2020
The Cultural Heritage Centre is a beautiful national museum of art and sculpture. Within the center there is a store which sells tanzanite jewelry. It was recommended to us by our guide. I purchased a beautiful tanzanite pendant for my wife which unfortunately was lost several months later as the chain broke. The chain was NOT purchased from the Cultural Center but rather back home.
I contacted the center in order to purchase a new one as I wanted to surprise my wife. Naturally I was very apprehensive to repurchase a new one by way of mail but I nevertheless decided to do so. I dealt with both Yasmin and Zehra who sent me a photo of a new pendant which they assured me was as beautiful as the one we purchased earlier. They had the records of our prior purchase. I took the chance to wire the money and very shortly thereafter we received an absolutely beautiful new pendant even with a new chain which I did not have to pay for. They were not only easy to deal with but absolutely reliable and honorable. I received exactly what I expected! I cannot recommend this store more for anyone who travels to beautiful Tanzania and would like to purchase a beautiful tanzanite piece of jewelry.
Written February 12, 2021
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Dear Mr. Barry Marcus, Thank you for the lovely review. We are so happy to hear your wife likes the pendant which is hand made by our famous jewelers. Though it took sometime to liase with the logistics of sending you the pendant but it was worthwhile for us to have always our satisfied clients. We always yearn for full satisfaction. Please convey our greetings to you wife and we wish her the best and hope she enjoys the pendant forever and once again thank you for your review.
Written February 13, 2021
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Janine B
Northampton, England, United Kingdom409 contributions
Feb 2023
We had a fleeting visit on our way to the airport and back home. We could have stayed several hours looking around at the beautiful carvings and other products. There is so much to see, carvings, textiles, Tanzanite, paintings and so much more.
Written February 10, 2023
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Thank you for the review and enjoying the art and handicrafts.
Written February 11, 2023
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Andrew H
Sydney, Australia89 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Large and excellent range and quality of original paintings, wood carvings, tanzanite, pewter. Staff helpful. Prices are medium to high, but if you like collecting such items as we do this is best quality in Tanzania.

Prices are fixed but we think for higher priced items they will have small amount of negotiation. Government owned and run store.

They ship to overseas.
Written October 9, 2022
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Thank you for your review. Our prices are based on fair trade basis.
Written October 12, 2022
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Haytham Abu Firas
Qatar14,115 contributions
Mar 2023 • Solo
You will be attracted upon entry by a traditional music. A 2 stories cylinder shape construction. Wonderful staff, many souvenirs, gifts, paintings, wallpapers and statues of people and animals of the region. Unfortunately I missed Tanzanite stones. Hope to have other chance to visit again. I bought some handmade pots. Worth a visit.
Written March 5, 2023
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Thank you for the review. You are most welcome to visit us again.
Written March 6, 2023
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