Welcome to the Origins Centre!

A world-class venue showcasing humanity's origins

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Current Exhibition

Tracing the Cosmos: Follow the Brushstrokes of the Cave Artists, open 24 June to 18 Sept. This exhibition features important pieces from two centuries of rock art recording in southern Africa.

DNA Testing Tour

Next DNA Testing Tour in Sept. Cost R125 for DNA Tour and R800 for Female and R1200 for Male DNA Testing. Booking required, email shop-origins@wits.ac.za or call 011 717 4708.


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.

Book Launch

"Termites of the Gods: San Life and Cosmology" by Dr. Siyakha Mguni on Tues, 11 August at 18:00 for 18:30. Entrance Fee: R50 adults/ R40 Wits staff/ R20 Student

“Absolutely magnificent museum and conception” - Andrew Miller, Imperial College, London. 2014

“Fantastic experience. Will be back” - Dr Tony Campbell, St. Andrews University, Scotland. 2014

“Very impressive. Extremely interesting. Brilliant!” - Sally Burrow and David Thomas, Oxford University, 2013

“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