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Origins Centre Museum
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$16.76*
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1 or 2 Day Johannesburg City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #16 of 187 things to do in Johannesburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed July 5, 2012

Everyone should visit the Origins Centre - visitors and those who live in Joburg. You can easily spend two to three hours here especially as there is an excellent audio guide. Don't miss it. There is also a café where you can have lunch.

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Reviewed May 4, 2012

A wonderful place. Really had an exceptional time. No complaints.

Thank Sally S
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Reviewed April 25, 2012

Interesting exhibition for anyone with an interest in the story of humankind and its origins in Africa. The museum is well curated with great interactive displays. The exhibitions caters to a range of audiences from school kids to academics. Really enjoyed the exhibition on the San bushmen, an often forgotten part of South Africa's rich history.

There is a coffee shop and excellent Africana bookshop on site. The Origins Centre also makes a good outing for kids

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Reviewed April 3, 2012

I really love the Origins centre and can spends a lot of time there. Found the whole exhibition fascinating and inspiring.

Thank Sue G
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Reviewed March 5, 2012

The lunch was good, the scientific centre was well worth a visit.

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