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“An asset for the city of JHB”

Origins Centre Museum
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$16.78*
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1 or 2 Day Johannesburg City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
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$34.55*
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Johannesburg Combo: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off and Soweto Tours
Ranked #21 of 183 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: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase
Reviewed May 16, 2013

An informative tour through this building is a must. Kids and adults have much to benefit from visiting this centre. There are eco-friendly considerations to how it's built and how the institution operates. The planetarium down the road could gain a lot from the way things are run at the Origins Center.

Thank Aria E
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Reviewed May 14, 2013

Origins Centre is a world class centre displaying mans origins, clearly and easily followed. A must see!

Thank Pamela K
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

This is a great little museum with some interesting exhibits. Expect to take a max of 2 - 2 1/2 hours to see the entire museum. The cafe' at the museum has really good food but parking can be a bit of a challenge.

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Reviewed May 9, 2013 via mobile

We spent a couple of hours wandering around the museum on a Saturday morning and virtually had the whole museum to ourselves. Loved the exhibition on the San bushmen especially after meeting some of them in the kalahari desert.

Thank Renoir999
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

A very informative and well laid out experience. It really opens you up to in an informative and captive way of the origins of mankind coming from the Southern African region. They have interactive headsets to give you further information on each display, also in multi language.
The San bushman paintings give an insight into how developed they were even then in depicting there lives.

Thank Neil G
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