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Address: Corner Yale and Enoch Sontonga Roads | University of the Witwatersrand, Braamfontein, Johannesburg 2050, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 11 717 4700
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Africa is where our ancestors evolved into human beings; it’s only fitting...

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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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... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 with a emphasis on origin of humans in Southern Africa.It is the only museum in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

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

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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 archeological and paleontological dig sites in South Africa, the Origins Museum has an excellent reputation... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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4 of 5 bubbles 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

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

I really enjoy this museum - the audio guides are detailed and informative, the exhibitions are well laid out and the current Walter Batiss show is just fascinating.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

This is an exposition of early modern man, focusing on African artifacts and rock art of the last 175,000 years or so. Considerable attention is also given to the San people (also known as bushmen), effects of African migration and colonial occupation, etc. I found it very interesting, and worth the several hours we spent there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

The main area of the museum is dedicated to early African history and includes information about other hominid species as well. The fossil gallery seemed to be partially under construction, but (as a paleontologist myself) the displays available were very good and informative and didn't "dumb things down" for younger visitors. Definitely something adults can enjoy.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is the place to visit if you are interested in the origins of mankind and pairs very well with a visit to Sterkfontein Caves as you can hold the skulls experience interactive exhibits. Good for teens and up but not for small children.. Good book shop.

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