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Cultural Heritage Centre

Arusha-Dodoma Road, Arusha, Tanzania
+255 27 250 7496
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Loved the art

This is a great place full of arts and crafts and the wholesale tanzanite shop. Really good cafe... read more

Reviewed February 16, 2017
Dallas H
Extraordinary collection!

It would be difficult to find a more extensive collection of local African art and heritage. The... read more

Reviewed February 16, 2017
KRC1956
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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 February 16, 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 February 17, 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 February 16, 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 February 17, 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.

Reviewed February 16, 2017

This is the best place in Tanzania you can be able to find the Tanzanite, we had been there after safari, we had asked our driver Maglan to pass us there so we can buy some artifact and Tanzanite Thank you so much Maglan our...More

Thank Lyndsey i
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2017

Thank you for your review. Thank you for visiting us and we are glad your family is enjoying the Tanzanite wedding ring. You are most welcome to visit us again.

Reviewed February 14, 2017

This is the place to visit and shop for original native goods of all sorts. Very accommodating and friendly staff. Also a great place for lunch as the cafe/restaurant is right on the property.More

Thank GIL W
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2017

Thank you for your review.A wide selection of unique art and souveniors are available here from leather works, beaded jewelry, gemstones, metal art,spices, antiques, bronze sculptures, wood carvings, paintings etc. We also have restaurants which serve delicious food.. so one can spend the whole day...More

Reviewed February 13, 2017

We were in Tanzania in 2010 and this was the last stop on our trip back to America. Lots of local artwork and everything Africa you could ever want. Don't pay the ticketed price and haggle, haggle, haggle!!More

Thank Je A
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2017

Thank you for your review. A lot of things have changed since your visit in 2010. We have lots of more amazing artifacts and most of our stores now have fixed prices which are a good bargain. The Art Gallery has more antiques now and...More

Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

A rich afternoon spent touring this centre of art and culture. The architecture alone is stunning. A well assembled collection of art including carvings and sculptures gives one myriads of opportunities to observe and appreciate. Some of the most beautiful Tanzanite can be purchased along...More

Thank Sinethembaful
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded February 13, 2017

Thank you for your review. The Art gallery is one of the biggest on the continent of Africa and has many artifacts to admire like antiques,bronze sculptures, wooden carvings, paintings. We also have a wide selection of souveniors and unique Tanzanite stones and jewelery. Thank...More

Reviewed February 11, 2017 via mobile

I get to the cultural center at each of my mission trips to Tanzania. Purchased a very good quality Tanzanite for a very great price. Upon returning home and having it set into a ring, my jeweler appraised it at FOUR times what I paid....More

Thank Gloria Jean B
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded February 13, 2017

Thank you for your review. We are glad you are are enjoying your Tanzanite stone and look forward to seeing you again on your next visit. Thank you for visiting us.

Reviewed February 6, 2017

A lot to see, very nice garden cafe and the art gallery is huge. Enormous selection of nick-nacks, souvenirs and Tanzanite. For some items the prices were the best we had seen anywhere but not true for all items. I bought a fairly expensive ebony...More

Thank LysMontreal
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded February 7, 2017

Thank you for your review and visiting the Cultural Heritage which is one of the largest Art and Craft Centre in Africa. As for the bowl you bought we would like to add more light to it for Ebony wood is black inside and the...More

Reviewed February 4, 2017

I'd asked the guide for my tour about the best place to obtain tanzanite. He suggested the Cultural Centre's gem store. I'd done my research and knew the lowest price for tanzanite was $450 a carat (Which I found was the going price around the...More

Thank Peter F
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2017

Thank you for your review and recommendation. Yes this is the best place to shop for exclusive genuine Tanzanite stones and Tanzanite and other precious gemstone jewelry. Thank you for visiting us.

Reviewed January 30, 2017 via mobile

A lot to see. The art gallery apparently is the biggest in Africa. Lots of ornaments, paintings and Tanzanite stones and jewellery. The pricing was not necessarily cheap but they assured me they had signed a fair trade agreement and the producers received their fair...More

Thank Yogavel R
Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded February 1, 2017

Dear Valued Client, Thank you for your review. We are proud to be one of the largest Art Galleries in Africa. We give full support and opportunity to Local Artists to display their art. The Artists leave their Art work at our Art Gallery on...More

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Banka L
July 16, 2017|
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There is no entrance fee to enter Cultural Heritage, You are most welcome to visit us.
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blondechickma
April 24, 2017|
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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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