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Origins Centre Museum
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Ranked #20 of 179 things to do in Johannesburg
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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, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed November 12, 2012

The Origins centre is a must visit, the staff are knowledgeable and the exhibits are very interesting.

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Reviewed October 21, 2012

This is a must for anyone interested in human origins and for those visiting "the Cradle of Humankind." An up to date museum experience with a sophisticated staff, all of whom seem knowledgeable about their subject, The bookstore and cafe are extremely pleasant. I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Jo'burg.

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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Excellent presentation of a complex science. You begin to understand where we come from and how the scientists estsblished this.

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

An ecellent overbiew of the ancient history of manking and the cafe proved to be an excellent place for lunch.

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

This is a must-see for visitors. It is a great heritage destination and gives visitors a great glimpse into our own human heritage. Do not miss the bookstore afterwards.

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