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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Corner Yale and Enoch Sontonga Roads | University of the Witwatersrand, Braamfontein, Johannesburg 2050, South Africa
+27 11 717 4700
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

The content of the exhibition is extremely interesting and important, and the way the exhibit it in the installations is creative and interactive. The area around (university campus) is also cool to explore. Spare some time for the visit, you'll need it.

1  Thank gabriela b
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

If you don't have time or the physical ability to visit the larger origins museum outside of Johannesburg with caves etc., you should consider visiting this smaller but fascinating museum on the Witt University campus. The compact exhibits include many artifacts and fossils, written placards,...More

1  Thank Christine F
Reviewed 2 March 2017

This is a very informative and interesting museum tracing the origins of civilisation. The exhibits are well set out and you have use of a handheld commentary. I, unfortunately, did not have sufficient time to really see and hear everything. For those interested in the...More

Thank Barbara C
Reviewed 9 December 2016

It is a really educational and entertaining visit. The museum is beautifully designed and one can spend hours there.

Thank 408renatac
Reviewed 11 November 2016

Purchased a entry ticket costing R 40 and made my way towards the main exhibition building a few meters away from the handicraft shop situated inside"Witswatersrand(Wits) University" campus .The "Origin Centre" museum is dedicated to the exploration and celebration of human life and modern humankind...More

4  Thank MumbaiRiders
Reviewed 14 October 2016

An excellent Museum. They provide an audio of the exhibits and we and the children were fascinated. Would recommend it.

Thank margieusa2016
Reviewed 6 October 2016

Located in one of the Wits campuses in Braamfontein, the Origins Center is one museum that explores the origins of Earth and Humankind with well kept and curated artifacts, and professionally produced academic videos that show how much man has evolved over time. Mainly featuring...More

Thank Luc V
Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

You need at least 2 hours to wander through. Go early, a couple hours before closing. It is one of the stops in the Hop On Hop Off city tour.

Thank Dananthi
Reviewed 21 September 2016

I was excited about the information in this museum, but found it to be presented in a fairly flat and not very engaging way.

Thank Catherine S
Reviewed 20 September 2016

I did find this musuem interesting but I enjoyed the caves more. The combined ticket was good value though and I would recommend visiting both as a day trip out of the city

Thank heathernd
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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