Welcome to the Origins Centre!

A world-class venue showcasing humanity's origins

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Upcoming Exhibition:

July - September 2014: SAHARA Did you know that the Sahara is home to crocodiles and luminous scorpions? Sahara, the exhibition, will bring the archaeology, history, geography and cultures to life. The display will feature a vast array of unique Rock Art engravings and paintings from the area. Funded by: National Lottery Distribution Fund (NLDTF) Institut Français South Africa

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Our opening hours are:
Monday to Sunday 10h00-17h00.
CLOSED: 18 & 20 April (Good Friday & Easter Sunday) OPEN: 19 & 21 April (Saturday & Monday over Easter)


We have just accessioned some beautiful embroidery and ostrich eggshell crafts from around the country into our shop. Pop in and see these new crafts, as well as our unrivalled selection of books related to Africa.


We are proud to be hosting The Ken Oosterbroek Legacy Exhibition. The temporary exhibition is at the Origins Centre until Monday, 21st April. Don't miss this retrospective of the finest work from world-class South African photographers.

“Absolutely magnificent museum and conception” - Andrew Miller, Imperial College, London. 2009

“Fantastic experience. Will be back” - Dr Tony Campbell, St. Andrews University, Scotland. 2010.

“Very impressive. Extremely interesting. Brilliant!” - Sally Burrow and David Thomas, Oxford University, 2008

“Great visual displays and audio. Thank you.” - Professor Martin Steer, University College, Dublin, 2008.

“Very interesting. I enjoyed the rich amount of information. Fascinating exhibits” - Sandra Sanneh and Richard Dodd, Yale University. 2010