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Cultural Heritage Centre
Ranked #12 of 63 things to do in Arusha
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed May 19, 2013

The actual cultural museum part is very nice - beautiful paintings and sculptures of African culture. I just wish there was more information about the culture, but the paintings were nice.

The shops area were very touristy - everything is overpriced and you can find anything you've ever wanted. There are nice animal statues outside.

The place is definitely for tourists, but it is a nice place to visit once.

Thank AlexisDorn
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

The place is almost overwhelming with things on display and for sale. 'Museum-like' is a good description for this treasure trove of a store. They have such great wooden and soapstone carvings, makonde style items and great African masks.

Thank Rocketeer2
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

You can go if you are looking for unique carvings or souvenirs. Many of their items on display are expensive but they also sell t shirts, spices and local coffee as ready made gifts. In the back is their warehouse with "fire sale" items. They has some flooding a while back and you can dicker with the manager over the cost of these carvings. They also provide shipping for items sent overseas.

Or you can go if you like a museum-experience. The Masai manyatta displays are authentic and the atmosphere is.

Thank Steve T
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

This is a smal lgem and a wonderful opportunity to see native art created by so many different artists. Also, provides an oppportunity to purchase souvdenirs and more importantly, Tanzanite gem stone.

Thank Marty L
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

This Centre is very interesting and has a huge selection of local crafts, carvings and paintngs. It also has a separate are with a cultural exhibition. Most people tend to roam from room to room looking at the crafts.

Thank Eileen113
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