Welcome to the Origins Centre!

A world-class venue showcasing humanity's origins

CNN Inside Africa

CNN Inside Africa feature videos on rock art and it's legacy on the streets of Johannesburg

Temporary Exhibitions

Come see our next temporary exhibition on "Life Through Clay" starting on the 21st of July 2016

Walkabout: The Origins of Walter Battiss: "Another Curios Palimpsest" Tickets available @ www.webtickets.co.za

Join our Curator, Lara Mallen, for a walkabout of this exhibition at the Origins Centre, 10:00 – 11:30 AM, Saturday 27 August, Origins Centre, Wits University. The tour will focus on the rock art tracings that played such an important formative role in the development of Battiss as an artist, on the conservation and display of these fragile works, and on Battiss in the world of South African archaeology. Included in the walkabout will be a viewing of the painted stones in the main museum that Battiss removed from rock art sites in various parts of South Africa, as well as an in-depth look at the famous Voortrekker Stone, soon to be on loan to the Rijksmuseum in Holland.

DNA Ancestry Testing Experience: Friday, 26 August 2016; Saturday, 17 September 2016; Saturday, 12 November 2016 Time; 10:00 a.am. to 12:00

The Origins Centre offers DNA testing; a presentation by Dr. Rajeshree Mahabeer of the National Health Laboratory Service, on genetic ancestry testing as well as a museum visit about the origins of man. The talk and visit costs R250.00 per person and does not include the cost of the DNA testing, which is R800 for Females and R1200 for Males. Group bookings essential. Maximum 40 persons per session. Book online @ www.webtickets.co.za