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“Absolutely fantastic.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Origins Centre

Origins Centre
Cnr Yale and Enoch Sontonga Roads | University of the Witwatrersand, Johannesburg 2050, South Africa
011 717 4700
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“Absolutely fantastic.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

I am a fan of small museums that focus on a specific subject and give you an opportunity to learn quite a bit about that one subject. Places like the Rodin museum in Paris, and this museum where you learn about the people from whom we all descended. Good for kids, good for adults, check it out.

Visited February 2013
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Roodepoort, Gauteng, South Africa
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“Origins @ Wits”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

The University of the Witwatersrand has a very comprehensive collection of archaeological interests. I'd say the staff there are on the cutting edge of Southern African Archaeology

Visited March 2013
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“A fine perspective on human origins”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

Origins Centre is probably one of the best exhibitions on South African rock art and human evolution that I have ever been to. The exhibits are world class, the staff are very knowledgeable and the information is of high standard. Definitely worth a visit for anyone interested in human evolution and the meaning behind the rock art.

Visited March 2012
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“geared towards kids”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

The center itself is very nice. Having the timeline of life on a wall was really interesting. The boatride part was exciting (something like epcott center), but not very educational. I was really hoping to learn more about human evolution etc. Lots of activities for kids and some really interesting models of the different types of hominids (they are all anatomically correct so they make for some funny pictures). Be sure to get the combo ticket for Starkfontein cave if you are into history like me. The cave itself is really fascinating and fun to walk around, but the fact that they are currently excavating "little foot" a complete Australopithecus skeleton was really amazing. You cannot actually get to the excavation site, but can get very close. If you go on the right day the scientists are actually working on the site.

The center is worth going to no matter what, but if you really want to satisfy your inner-nerd Starkfontein is a must!

Visited January 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Interesting place for kids to experience”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

The place is reasonably well thought out and gives some interesting perspectives on earlier life. It is not necessarily wow, but it is a worthwhile trip to spend some available hours

Visited January 2012
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