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Origins Centre Museum

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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...more
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Corner Yale and Enoch Sontonga Roads | University of the Witwatersrand, Braamfontein, Johannesburg 2050, South Africa
+27 11 717 4700
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A fantastic exhibition of where we all began. It is possible to buy a combined ticket just now for the joint exhibition with Scibo. The current exhibit starts from the tools of the Olduwan culture, moving through the aeons to the art of the San...More

Thank Sally W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed seeing the old stone tools and rock art on display at this small museum. Unfortunately, the museum closes at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday (not 5:00 as stated on Trip Advisor), and the hour we had to tour was insufficient to see all that...More

Thank harmondb2
Reviewed 25 August 2018

Myself and my partner were really impressed with this museum after spending a couple of hours there on a Saturday. The displays are very interesting and not too heavy on reading just a lot of facts. It is really great to get an idea of...More

1  Thank Simone R
Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

This museum explores the evidence of early man and related hominids in South Africa as well as some of the more recent native cultures. Regarding early man, there are examples of the evolution of various stone tools. There are drawers of the skulls of early...More

1  Thank Carmen P
Reviewed 20 July 2018

The museum is very interesting, but because of construction, it's very difficult to actually GET to it. And, no one in the area - including people who work there or the bus driver that dropped us off, knew where the heck it was located. So...More

1  Thank 1CZ1
Reviewed 16 July 2018

Going there is not a problem, gaining access to the premises and parking are a major issue. Once in, the directions around the facility are lacking and you are left with a lost and confused feeling.

Thank Aryv59
Reviewed 13 July 2018

Even if you are not a total evolution and paleoanthropology nut (like me), the clear, hands-on displays of the Human Origins Center will give you a clear handle on our ancient past...seeing the beautiful Univ. of Witwatersrand campus is an added plus.

Thank debrak899
Reviewed 5 July 2018

This center explains human origins and hosts some impressive fossils. I have been here twice and will continue to visit each time I am in South Africa, whether just flying through or staying on.

1  Thank CathleenKenyon
Reviewed 4 July 2018

I would not have known this place existed if it wasnt for my Sowetan friend. We spent a long time in here as there is so much to see, in this part of the Witts University which is a museum on the development of Homo...More

Thank elouise36
Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

Visiting this museum is a worthwhile way to spend an hour or two in Jo’burg. It provides a well designed overview of the recent evidence that modern man originated in Africa. There are some interesting artifacts, visual displays and videos covering the pre history of...More

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3 August 2018|
Response from elouise36 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I did not do this at the museum, but have done many times (!). So I cannot comment on timings / duration at this site, but the procedure takes no more than an hour. :)
Peter N
3 July 2017|
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Response from JNinSA | Reviewed this property |
It is 80 Rand including an audio guide.
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