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“Disappointing”

Origins Centre Museum
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US$33.01*
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Johannesburg Combo: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off and Soweto Tours
Ranked #20 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: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed 1 September 2014

Seemed more appropriate for primary learners, not adults interested in history. Would not recommend unless you were just killing time.

Thank Connie G
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

Tells the story of early man in this area of Africa. Interesting displays that show early mans existence.

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Reviewed 5 July 2014

In a combination of static displays, video presentations, and archeological reproductions, this fabulous museum on the campus of Witwatersrand University tells the story of the origin of modern man in Africa and what has become of the San people today. I spend 2 hours on my own there and could easily have spent more. I was so engrossed in the displays and videos that I forgot to use the digital audio device provided! The only down side I found was that some displays were difficult to photograph because of reflections, and toward the end, there were video and audio loops that interfered with hearing the audio of other presentations in adjoining rooms. Other than that, I found the whole to be extremely well done and easy to understand.

Thank Becky R
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

"We all share 99.9% of our DNA. The differences in physical appearance between different people are ultimately superficial"

Science's attempt at saying something simple like' we all are connected'.

Again I repeat, take your time, don't rush!!!

Thank Kannan R
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

A university museum that does a very nice job of showing where we presently stand on human evolution and the part that southern Africa played in that history. The section devoted to the Sans people (all of us are related to them) was very well done. Good movies and outstanding visual displays. A great place to add to your knowledge base, not necessirily a place to start the foundation.

Thank Traveler5548
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