The majority of merchandise on sale in the Origins Shop is the product of creative and craft initiatives led by local communities, non-governmental organisations, women’s groups and individual South African artists and crafters.

The Origins Shop also offers an unequalled range of Africana reading matter. Make your selection from publications on:

  • African rock art
  • San and Khoi studies
  • Archaeology
  • African art
  • African history
  • Peoples of Africa
  • African culture
  • Black consciousness
  • Myths and folklore
  • Politics
  • African rituals
  • Geology
  • Gender issues
  • Human evolution
  • Natural history
  • Natural science
  • African politics
  • Travel
  • Exploration

An excellent selection of African books for children is available, as well as DVDs and CDs featuring the haunting music of the San people.

The Origins Shop also offers a facility to order items or books that are currently unavailable.

Open Monday to Sunday from 10:00-17:00. Contact the shop by telephone on 011 717 4708 or email