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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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Interesting view of history

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 July 2016
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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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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

The teenage children with whom I visited this museum, each of whom have different interests, ALL found the museum fascinating and absorbing. For example the current temporary exhibition (on the rock art discoveries by Walter Battiss) is full of information on various conservation techniques, which my young scientifically-minded companions absolutely loved. Generally I found the displays very beautiful and unusual.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

This is a fantastic museum. The whole family really enjoyed it, especially learning about rock art and San hunting traditions. Very interactive and fascinating. A must do on any trip in South Africa.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

This is really worth a visit. It illustrates how the Out of Africa theory of human evolution has proved to be correct. Very interesting since it is an area of study not well know outside of SA.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

Going on a weekday, the museum was very quiet and we were the only ones there! The audio guide isn't that beneficial, but it's free! The videos, art, displays, everything was brilliant.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

I was surprised with the Origins museum. Me and my family enjoyed the visit as well as our guest, lots of information, images, figures to get your attention.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

This museum will be interesting for people all ages. There is something for everyone. They provide evidence for how man originated in Africa and then show the art painted on rocks and the history that they can trace. Very interesting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

An educational experience for both young and old. A good place to start getting back to our shared roots

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

Pretty good, but maybe need to go when you're full of energy or feeling extra inquisitive. We visited after an already long day of sightseeing and I had a hard time concentrating on the exhibits. I do recommend it, but it's really not the most exciting place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

One of the hidden tourist attractions for locals. I was most surprised to see how professional it was and so interesting. Great for children and adults alike.

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