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“Escape the crowds”

Cultural Heritage Centre
Ranked #11 of 65 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 January 26, 2014

Escape the harassment of shopping in the town, view at your leisure the lovely shops and art works. Check out the Tanzanite and watch items being made. The prices seem pretty reasonable and the lack of pressure to buy makes it a totally enjoyable experience.
Worth a visit.

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Reviewed January 19, 2014

The shops are excellent even if you are not interested in buying. You can even see people making them right outside. Lots of stuff to browse and pickup a thing or two. There are plenty of affordable options.
The museum next door was excellent. Amazing paintings and sculptures.
You will certainly enjoy it if you take a relaxed approach to it & look around. If it's just a checklist item, you might not think it's all that.
When the Safari driver dropped me off (it was his idea), I thought I was going to be done in 5 minutes.. but I just took my time to look at stuff, ask about prices, take some pictures & slowly made my way over to the art museum next door.

Thank NC G
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

We stopped here on our safari trip to look at the crafts. They feature African art that is truly superb. We ended up buying a oil and intend to buy another to have shipped home. They have crafts, art work, sculptures and one should leave more time than we did to browse as it is very big.

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Reviewed January 3, 2014

Very good place to buy souvenirs as well as quality pieces of art. The jewelry section was very well stocked with Tanzanite which were being sold for around $600/carat for the best quality stones. I did notice that Tanzanite was also being sold at Arusha airport for around $400/carat but can't vouch for their quality.

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Reviewed December 23, 2013

Big place just minutes from the Arusha airport. Mostly a tourist attraction with lots of shopping. Have some nice shops and a beautiful art gallery, but it's a pretty heavy sell. In all fairness, we were there on Sunday after lunch and they close at 2 pm.

Thank koala46
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