Cultural Heritage Centre
Cultural Heritage Centre
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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  • W C
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cultural Transformation
    The Cultural Heritage Center was amazing! I felt transformed being in there. Wonderful art pieces! Beautiful and rich African history! Knowledgeable staff. Reasonable prices in the shops! Would love to go again after comparing the quality to other markets.
    Thank you for the review and enjoying the art. You are most welcome to visit us again.
    Written 25 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 June 2023
  • James
    San Diego, California88 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good selection, reasonable prices and the best attraction in Arusha
    While the main entrance has mostly wooden carvings, there are several rooms with a wide selection of souvenirs including glassware, kitchenware, and fabrics. There is also a restaurant if you want to enjoy a meal or a snack. The large number of statues made for a good number of photo opportunities.
    Thank you for the review.
    Written 25 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 June 2023
  • HinMunich
    Munich, Germany85 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Astonishingly overpriced and aimed at gullible tourists
    Great repository of all forms of art from paintings, sculptures, basketry and textiles. However, the amount of items on display is overwhelming and leads to a feeling of overload due to the piles in every nook and cranny (with the exception of some areas in the art gallery). Some artwork has even been damaged from having been propped on the ground in haphazard stacks. Very overpriced to the point we did not even contemplate buying anything. Animal paintings being sold for USD 3000 here can be seen at roadside craft stores. The proprietor should understand that his price point is astronomically high and he might even increase sales and make a better profit by lowering prices. A similar blanket was half the price at Shanga with the proceeds going to the disabled community. I would also query whether all items are produced in Tanzania or even Africa, or whether some are mass produced in China. We are always happy to pay higher prices when traveling in developing countries and make a real effort to support local communities, we also prefer fixed pricing however, this was beyond ridiculous. The staff are also slightly downcast and without much warmth and follow at a distance even when you say that you would like to browse without assistance. Overall, the feeling I came away with was that this was a marketplace with the intention to fleece tourists.
    Thank you for the review. Unfortunately we feel reading your review that you want to compare the largest Art Gallery in Africa with roadside shacks and I can understand that not everyone has the ability to understand the value of Art, so we want to let you know that we appreciate your review and as we do not have a charge to enjoy our Gallery and the shops so it did not cost you to come and look at the largest Art Gallery in Africa which we take pride in supporting over 3000 families through our endeavors.
    Written 29 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 June 2023
  • nyalpi
    Hong Kong, China217 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A overwhelmingly large art gallery and extradorinarily big souvenir shop!
    Free entry. HUGE!!! The biggest souvenir shop I could imagine! Also a huge art gallery where almost everything was for sale! Art and artifacts from all around Africa. Good that staff did not pester me to buy anything. A good place to visit at the beginning of a trip to get a sense of the art and souvenirs available around the country. Also good place to buy souvenirs at the end of a trip.
    Thank you for the review.
    Written 3 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Laurie P
    Arlington Heights, Illinois47 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Terrific find
    The building alone was worth the trip- and free to enter. Amazing design. It's like a gallery of African art presented in a spiral so at the top all of the works can be seen. Almost overwhelming - in a good way. Such a variety of styles and art forms at various price points ranging from souvenirs and gifts to investment pieces for the home. A must see.
    Thank you for the review.
    Written 27 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Steve R
    North Potomac, Maryland9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to shop
    Increduible place. Got almost all of my souvenirs here. Diferent shops from art, carvings, spices and teas, clothes (t-shirts and hats), and a restaurant. Free admission. Staff helpful, and did not follow me around, but could be found when needed to assist. Got some great tanzanite jewelry here.
    Thank you for your review.
    Written 28 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Desibabe
    29 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Curated visit for an hour or two
    This is a great place for a couple of hours - artwork by local artists, lots of souvenir shops. The souvenir shops are fixed rate but the art gallery isn't. Same owner. If you like a painting or sculpture, you can negotiate. I visited the Tanzanite store here and they were welcoming, showed me some beautiful stones and explained how to evaluate stones. I bought a ring with a small stone and got the certificate with it. Very pleased with my purchase and wore it home. BUT less than a week later the stone fell out. Luckily, I found it but now have to take it to my local jeweler to get it reset.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 October 2023
  • Ebru S
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting place with many things to see
    We visited the Arusha Cultural Heritage Center, where we saw amazing crafts and learned about Tanzania's traditions. There were colorful things and interesting stories – it was like a fun gallery! At night, we stayed at Tumbili Lodge. It was a cozy place with soft beds and tasty food. The lodge had a nice garden where we played and saw some friendly monkeys, or "tumbili" in Swahili. It was like a little adventure right at the lodge! The people from Tanzania Horizon Safaris and the lodge were really nice. They took care of us and made our trip special. Our guide Patrick told us cool things about the culture, and we laughed a lot. Even though it was a short visit, we had the best time at the Arusha Cultural Heritage Center and Tumbili Lodge with Tanzania Horizon Safaris.
    Thank you for the visit.
    Written 4 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 December 2023
  • mel7155
    Singapore, Singapore1,327 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ok place to visit to see local products . More expensive than outside and can’t bargain
    If you are into visiting and buying local products that you can’t bargain , then this place is for you . Do note that to me, I find the products way overpriced especially tanzanite where you can get at a lower price in your home country from a renowned gem dealer . Since tanzanite is a birth stone , you can find it in any country being sold. However there are some products available only in Tanzania, recently could purchase them here - stuff like fridge magnets , caps, patches for Kilimanjaro or Tanzanian safari parks , you can purchase them here for a small markup as the products are relatively low priced
    Dear Client, Based on your review, you are absolutely correct that we represent local artisans from various fields and the prices are set by them on the basis of fair trade As for Tanzanite, the quality dictates the price. So any Tanzanite you find in any other place has come from Arusha. We take customer feedback seriously and are committed to making things right. Thank you so much for taking the time to review us.
    Written 2 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 December 2023
  • mhmelon
    Austin, Texas17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cultural heritage center
    What an amazing place to tour. We met the owner and he gave us a lesson on buying tanzanite. I did purchase a lovely ring from him. The incredible art is far more than you can see in one day, we went back twice. The locals are so very talented in paintings, sculptures. Masks etc also no pressure to buy anything is also nice. I would recommend anyone visiting Arusha not to miss going in there.
    Thank you for the review and your recommendation. You are most welcome to visit us again.
    Written 25 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 January 2024
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Tania H
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We spent a few days in Arusha after our safari. We arrived at the Center to do some shopping at 12:45 pm on June 3, 2024. It was our last day in Tanzania and we had many items we wanted to purchase. The main building was closed when we arrived and we were told the staff were at the mosque and it would open at 2:00 pm. We checked out the few stores in the perimeter and returned to the front entrance at 2:00. Still closed. Staff said it would open very soon. We finally left at 3:45. Still closed. Many people, safari vehicles, etc came and went during this time. Huge loss of business. The few staff wandering around were not even given the courtesy of a phone call from management informing them of what was happening. We were incredibly frustrated and finally asked our taxi driver to take us elsewhere. He took us to an amazing jewellery store in a close by mall where we were able to purchase tanzanite jewellery. We drove by the Center at 4:30 pm on our way back to the hotel. The building was still closed. Totally unacceptable for such a large and well known shopping Center to disrespect their staff and customers in this way.
Written 23 June 2024
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FashionSpeedTravel
Oakland, CA182 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Jane Goodall has had multiple speaking engagements here- that’s an endorsement all its own.

For shoppers seeking a curated experience of the best in African artifacts, fine arts, a restaurant, entertainment, and (key for many visitors) gemstones, specifically Tanzanite, this place has it all. While there is a great selection of tanzanite jewelry, the center offers amazing value in high quality loose gemstones of any size. One can customize any setting for their gem and pick up the finished jewelry in a week.
Written 21 June 2024
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Namdah Tour Safaris
Lavington, Kenya245 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
The cultural heritage centre gives one a chance to explore a wide range of craft work, masks, which show an insight into African culture. African communities are well-known for their craft work and masks are part of their specialty.
Written 19 June 2024
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Thank you for your review much appreciated and African Artisans are very skilled.
Written 21 June 2024
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David W
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Terrible, overpriced breakfast. 25000 for two cheap Vienna sausages. Service was not good either, had to ask 3 different people before getting the bill.
Written 16 June 2024
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Dear Client, Thank you for your review, as you know the Tamani Restaurant at Cultural Heritage is a separate franchise at Cultural Heritage and is celebrated, but it is very unfortunate to hear your experience and we will certainly investigate and if you are still around, please feel free to come and have complimentary food and drinks.
Written 17 June 2024
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LondonCarioca
London, UK61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
We were amazed at the sheer scale of this African art gallery complex and heritage centre and the beauty of much of the works on show there. We also enjoyed a good lunch in their open air restaurant.
Written 13 June 2024
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Thank you for the review .
Written 14 June 2024
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alysiaAtlanta
Atlanta134 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The Arusha Cultural Heritage Centre is worth a visit if your safari starts from Arusha and you have a few hours to visit. It has a large shopping area of locally made African items next to the large building with sculptures, artwork, textiles and carvings. There are plenty of low-cost quite nice souvenirs that are small and easy to transport, probably one of the better selections you will run across. They can also ship. The art gallery is well done, and they can ship. The shopping area is a key one for tanzanite, especially high-end stones. You will find tanzanite all over in small shops, but this one appears to have the best selection if you are looking for high-grade, clear stone.
Written 11 June 2024
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Thank you for the review and glad you enjoyed your visit. Here you can shop everything from souvenir's, spices, tea, coffee, clothing, antiquities, paintings, sculptures to gemstones and jewelry. Our collection of handicrafts, carvings and artwork is vast. Thank you for the visit.
Written 12 June 2024
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khalil
Austin, TX8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
We had a very good time at the Arusha Heritage Center. It was a nice and inviting atmosphere on our leisure day in Arusha. We enjoyed the handcrafted art and had good conversations with some of the artists. It is nice that you are able to meet them in person and the center had a friendly atmosphere. The prices are a bit high so don’t expect to find budget friendly items. Was a great time though and our guide Patrick from Tanzania Horizon Safaris explained a lot about the different local tribes and their traditional art.
Written 18 May 2024
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Thank you for the review and glad you enjoyed your visit. Our prices are based on fair trade basis.
Written 20 May 2024
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Valerie B
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
This is the second largest art gallery in Africa. It has many of Africa's best artists works...about 12 floors in fact! In addition it also has a lovely ver large gift shop and 12 other small specialty gift shops in huts just outside. You can watch artisans working in sheltered areas too. It's fantastic and one of the best things to do in Arusha!
Written 18 May 2024
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Thank you for the review.
Written 20 May 2024
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Clw
Santa Monica, CA24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This facility has upgraded tremendously since our first visit more than ten years ago. The art gallery is wonderful and they are building a Jane Goodall facility. The commercial aspects are abundant and can supply most of one's souveneir needs. The owner is a key Tanzanite dealer and very reputable. He is also a very socially responsible citizen and we were very pleased to spend some time getting to know him. This facility is a must visit on the tourist circuit in Arusha.
Written 26 April 2024
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Thank you for the review and you are most welcome to visit us again.
Written 27 April 2024
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jtbabi
Erie, PA428 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A must see in Arusha! The art gallery was incredible and the shops had a lot to peruse through! The owner happened to be there and spent some time speaking with us about the history and future plans for the center. It was an overall great place to visit.
Written 23 April 2024
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Thank you for the review. Cultural Heritage is a treasure trove of African Culture.
Written 24 April 2024
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