Hominid fossils at Origins Centre in Johannesburg
Hominid fossils at Origins Centre in Johannesburg
From artist Walter Oltmann's exceptional wire sculpture that greets you at the museum entrance to the design of each exhibit, this museum showcasing the origins of humankind is a must-see. The museum explores and celebrates the history of modern humans, tracing the emergence of humanity along an 80 000-year path to its African source. The exhibits include an extensive collection of rock art and paleo-anthropological, archaeological and genetic materials including ancient tools, and artefacts of spiritual significance to early humans. There's also a fascinating focus on San culture and rituals.

The museum can be viewed in 90 minutes or a few hours. After touring the museum, check out the gift store and its excellent book selection. 

The museum closed in 2020 with the national Covid lockdown and reopens from April 9, 2021. To enter you must first purchase a ticket from webtickets. 
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Open 10:00–17:00, Sat 10:00–16:00. Closed Sun.

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Admission from R40-R500.


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