Welcome to the Origins Centre!

A world-class venue showcasing humanity's origins

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Upcoming Exhibition

“Green Screen” - An art exhibition by Janet Solomon at Origins Centre, 6th Nov 2014 – 31st Jan 2015

Upcoming Lecture

Public Lecture on Tuesday, November 18 from 18:30 Transformational Translations: Narratives of Survival and Healing from Genocide and HIV and AIDS by Théogène Niwenshuti.


We have just accessioned some beautiful embroidery and 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.

Bracelet Class

Bracelet Making Class on Saturday, 22 November from 10:00-12:00, Cost R250 includes History of Beads Talk, Bracelet, and Coffee and Cake. RSVP required, email shop-origins@wits.ac.za or call 011 717 4700.

“Absolutely magnificent museum and conception” - Andrew Miller, Imperial College, London. 2010

“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, 2011

“Great visual displays and audio. Thank you.” - Professor Martin Steer, University College, Dublin, 2012.

“Very interesting. I enjoyed the rich amount of information. Fascinating exhibits” - Sandra Sanneh and Richard Dodd, Yale University. 2012