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“Love the art collection”

Cultural Heritage Centre
Ranked #11 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 November 10, 2013

This is an interesting place set just off the main road to the National Parks and on the outskirts of Arusha. It consists of an excellent art gallery ( actually a private collection and everything is for sale!) a coffee shop next to the gallery which sells great coffee, some wonderful iron statues of animals, a replica slave boat and some great wood carvings formed from the whole trunks of trees. The architecture of the gallery is reminiscent of other famous art galleries in the world-you descend down spiral steps and passages and can't help but be amazed by the works of art displayed all the way up and down. The shops outside are not so remarkable and are geared to the "fly in fly out safari goers" However i would have to say that the tanzanite counter which serves two shops is very fair in their prices and do give us as volunteers a fantastic discount.-it us probably as good a place as any to purchase tanzanite. Overall it is well worth a visit!

Thank DeeDeeArusha
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

The art gallery was beautifully designed and had wonderful paintings and sculptures.The prices for most of the works ranged from hundreds to several thousand dollars. The shops had a large variety of Tanzanian souvenirs that were slightly better quality than shops we saw elsewhere at prices about 10-20% higher than we had seen outside of Arusha.

Thank world_citizen61
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

Souvenirs are higher priced here but the selection and quality is what we needed. Plus there is no pressure or hassle. I am still thinking about a Tanzanite stone I should have bought. The art gallery has some very nice pieces and is displayed well. It is the Guggenheim of Africa. Only the taxi driver told us about this place; our safari guide took us to two other shopping locations before this one. However, this is where we spent our money.

Thank Michelle B
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

Met the owner who gave us a lot better price than the staff which did make us wonder why tell the staff that price in the first place? You can buy everything you want from here to take it home but it is very easy to start spending more than you wanted! HUGE amounts on display and good prices but keep it real with the gifts and your spending! You have been warned :-)

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Reviewed October 16, 2013

This is a curio shop with a small art museum attached. The souvenirs are definitely overpriced compared to the other curio shops in the country. The items are mostly high quality so if you're willing to pay more it is a nice shop. There are very nice paintings by some local Masai artists.

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Cultural H, Manager at Cultural Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2013

Cultural Heritage Art Gallery is the largest in the African Continent. it is a platform for artist from all over the world.

The main shop stores high quality merchandise compared to other curio shops in the country.

The price varies according to the quality of the mechandse which is determined by the artists impresions of any particluar item.

hence as an example two similar sized pieces of curious articles would fetch $15 as well as $500. The expensive one has more effort in by the artist therefore one cannot generalise on the price.

to learn more about Cultural Heritage please visit our website, www.culturalheritage.co.tz or follow us on fabebook.

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