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Origins Centre Museum
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$33.38*
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Johannesburg Combo: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off and Soweto Tours
Ranked #23 of 183 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: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed August 19, 2012

Great talks.cold in winter. Take a coat, but defiantly go, and perhps a thermos of something warm....

2  Thank Alexandra S
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

My favorite museum in Jozi! Excellent exhibits, including videos, audio guide, and interactive component. Would love to visit again :-)

2  Thank Meg H
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

I thought this is just the best way for a university to display their artifacts. This museum is one of the best I have visited in term sof display and continuity. The audio visual display of the San hunt which intergrates reality and paintings (San rock art) is absolutely amazing. An incredible trip through the spiritual world of the San - visit it, you will never forget your visit.

2  Thank Garth J
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

Wonderful exhibition - very well done and presentation is both interactive and educational.

1  Thank Niki M
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

Fantastic displays with lovely hands on experiences for children

1  Thank Joan F
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