The Arusha Cultural heritage centre is a privately owned collection of shops and galleries that showcases arts from renowned artists around the African continent. It is one of the largest in east Africa and is located along the Arusha - Babati highway on the outskirts of the city of Arusha - Tanzania. It has several departments onsite such as:
The antiques department, for some of the most beautiful, rarest and older art pieces
The coffee shop, managed by an experienced french pastry chef
Cinema room with a capacity of up to 80 people
The day rooms, complete penthouse suites located in the art gallery that also provide magnificent views of the city and mount Meru
Kitengela glass shop for stylish cutlery, jars and other works
The Makonde museum that has traditionally carved arts such as the Makonde trees
The masks centre for all sorts of masks from different tribes in the African continent
One way, a shop for clothing, antiques and other items
The spice centre for all sorts of African spices, books and other items
A Restaurant serving both buffet and a'la carte menus
A history of the culture centreThe centre was founded in 1994 by mr. Saifuddin Khanbhai and has since grown to the large complex that you see today.
What to do there?Browse through the many forms of art, including paintings, photography, carvings and many more. You most likely would need at least half a day to go through the whole lot as the place is enormous but luckily enough, there are two eateries on site where you can take a break and refuel your energy reserves. There also is the option of buying any art that catches your eye, in which case no matter how large it is, they will ship it to you.
The centre is not limited to art only, there are other items to sample such as jewellery, clothes, spices and leather products, all of which you could sample or buy. You can also watch movies at the cinema for a small fee, with the option of tribal or wildlife documentaries but these do require pre booking. Similarly you could spend some time in the day rooms as a break from wandering through the expansive compound. Entrance into the centre is free but access to some areas require extra fees.
Location of Cultural Heritage Centre
The heritage centre is located in the western outskirts of the city of Arusha - Tanzania, along the highway that is headed to Babati. This same highway takes you to Meserani snake park and several of the region's national parks such as Serengeti and Ngorongoro, making this an good place to visit while on the way there. Also, when coming from the city, there are several shopping centres and bookshops that may be worth looking into. For more information about its location please see the map below (click to start).
How to get there?If using private transport, head west from the city centre along the road that goes to Babati, the centre should be visible as a big red shaped part glass and part maasai shield building on the left side of the your road (when heading west).