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Origins Centre Museum

Corner Yale and Enoch Sontonga Roads | University of the Witwatersrand, Braamfontein, Johannesburg 2050, South Africa
+27 11 717 4700
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Africa is where our ancestors evolved into human beings; it’s only fitting then that the bustling metropolis of Johannesburg, South Africa, is where the Origins Centre Museum has been established. Conceptualised by a team of academics and designers from Wits University, the museum aims to provide visitors with a unique experience of Africa’s rich, complex heritage. The Museum boasts an extensive collection of rock art from the Wits Rock Art Research Institute (RARI), affording visitors the opportunity to view the earliest images made by humans, found in South Africa. Combining cutting-edge technology with the creative vision of some of South Africa’s foremost artists, the museum’s exhibits take visitors on an extraordinary voyage of discovery, which begins with the origins of humankind in Africa, and then moves through the development of art, symbolism, and technology on the continent. The Origins Centre Museum restores the African continent to its rightful place in history – at the very beginning of mankind’s journey to humanity. We are also home to a vast array of palaeoanthropological, archaeological and genetic materials charting the origins of humankind. These include ancient tools, artefacts of spiritual significance to early humans and examples of the region’s striking rock art. Visitors to our museum can expect to take follow an 80 000-year path in search of the art and culture that has inspired human innovation, as well as delve into the fascinating beliefs of the ancient San, experiencing ritual such as hunting and the trance dance. Audio guides come with the price of admission and are available in six languages – Zulu, Sotho, English, Afrikaans, French and German.
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Corner Yale and Enoch Sontonga Roads | University of the Witwatersrand, Braamfontein, Johannesburg 2050, South Africa
+27 11 717 4700
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very Interesting and informative exhibits about our origins. Also has a very nice cafe where service is excellent and food delicious. It was somewhat difficult walking into the complex as it has a gated entry with a boom gate for cars. It didn't seem to...More

Thank Claudette L
Reviewed 6 October 2017

The center is very informative and enlightening. There are numerous exhibits utilizing various platforms which makes the visit engaging and fun. Everything is presented in a creative manner. Definitely enjoyable.

Thank RoyalRidz
Reviewed 24 September 2017

We took the hop on/off bus here and had trouble locating the entrance. You have to go into the University gates. It started well but then too much about San culture and rock art. We were hoping for more about general human history. Thank goodness...More

1  Thank wombatdavid
Reviewed 23 July 2017

We really wanted to visit the Cradle of Humankind but didn't have a spare day to do so, so stopped here instead. Easily accessible from the red hop on and off bus, though a bit tricky to find from the bus stop (get off, go...More

1  Thank see-swim-hike
Reviewed 17 July 2017

On one of our trips on the hop on hop off bus at Johannesburg, the commentary mentioned that we could visit the origins centre to know more about the origins of humankind and since this place was not far away from where we were staying,...More

Thank GauriKP
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Understanding history made easy. I like the fact that the museum talks beyond South Africa. The guides are very helpful. Need sufficient time to go through without rushing at least 1 and half hours.

Thank Kbblandi
Reviewed 18 June 2017

I geek out on paleoanthropology, so this was the place for me. I loved the exhibits of the rock art and the tools that were found. Also, the videos on some of the tribal dances was very interesting. You can also touch the reproductions of...More

1  Thank omahanetraveler
Reviewed 17 June 2017

Very interesting museum that tries to explain in a comprehensible way what we now know about the origin of mankind

Thank catalinaRotterdam
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

It was quite interesting visiting this museum with an audio guide. You can choose your amount of information. An exciting travel into the origins of human being. Unfortunately we first came here on a Sunday to find out it is closed although the website said...More

Thank JNinSA
Reviewed 5 June 2017

amazing displays and tells the story of the origins of mankind. Many videos and displays showing the progression of life as we know it

Thank Cuddlefi5h
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Peter N
3 July 2017|
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Response from JNinSA | Reviewed this property |
It is 80 Rand including an audio guide.
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21 July 2015|
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Response from deboraflowers | Reviewed this property |
Yes. The bus stops at the University of Witwatersrand entrance. This also allows to see what one of the most prestigious universities in South Africa looks like.
21 July 2015|
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Response from SLM92014 | Property representative |
Hi there, Yes it is on the City Sightseeing route. You also get a 50% discount on your museum ticket when you ride on the Red Bus. We look forward to seeing you. The Origns Centre team