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Wits Origins Centre
Wits Origins Centre
  • (worth a detour)
  • 3-5 km
  • Moderate
  • Low
  • 2 hours
  • 2 2

Discover the history of human kind

1 Jan Smuts Avenue & Jorissen Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa +27 11 717 1000

Probably the only institution dedicated for the sole purpose of discovering the history of humankind is the Wits Origins Centre. This museum will narrate the tale of modern humankind providing a unique experience of South Africa’s culture and heritage through its ancient collections and artifacts, which will tell a story in itself.


Located at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, Wits Origins Centre, with the aid of cutting edge technology will take you through a journey from our ancestors to the modern man. Researchers and scholars from the Wits University having conceptualised the whole spectrum, and have deduced it from complex theories into straightforward narrations making it simple for the common man to absorb the facts. The exhibits will captivate your attention, for sure.


This riveting two hour experience, available in six languages, will begin with a massive depiction on the migration of mankind from Africa to other continents and then move on to describe the history of culture through rock, art, spirituality and dance, and further extract exhibits from the ancient era of stone age and the evolution of man there from.


After this enchanting experience, one can visit the Planetarium which is also situated on the campus of the University of Witwatersrand. Bringing the opportunity to explore the elliptical movement of the planets, is the Planetarium on campus which takes the visitor through a journey involving planets, orbits, and galaxies and its huge distances from our planet Earth.  Finely crafted exhibits made by researchers of the University, will illustrate a visitor of any age fascinating them with more mystifying facts than they can absorb.

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday 09:00 hrs to 17:00hrs, Sundays 10:00 hrs to 17:00hrs.

How to get there

The Origins Centre is part of the University of the Witwatersrand, in central Johannesburg, easily accessible by car, bus or taxi.