Welcome to the Origins Centre!

A world-class venue showcasing humanity's origins

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Past Exhibition

‘The Other Camera’ is an exhibition celebrating and exploring ‘street photography’ from South Africa. From 18th Feb to 18th March 2015.

DNA Testing Tour

Next DNA Testing Tour on Saturday, 27th June from 10:00-12:00. 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.

Public Lecture

Public Lecture on Tuesday, 7th April at 18:00 for 18:30. Entrance Fee: R50 Adult/R40 Wits Staff/R20 Students

“Absolutely magnificent museum and conception” - Andrew Miller, Imperial College, London. 2011

“Fantastic experience. Will be back” - Dr Tony Campbell, St. Andrews University, Scotland. 2011

“Very impressive. Extremely interesting. Brilliant!” - Sally Burrow and David Thomas, Oxford University, 2012

“Great visual displays and audio. Thank you.” - Professor Martin Steer, University College, Dublin, 2013

“Very interesting. I enjoyed the rich amount of information. Fascinating exhibits” - Sandra Sanneh and Richard Dodd, Yale University. 2013