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Origins Centre - Upcoming Events and Public Lectures

Things to see at the Origins Centre Museum

Explore our Events, Public Lectures and Exhibition Calendar to see which popular events are taking place during your planned visit to the Origins Centre. The Museum is host to a multitude of events that take place all year round. Make your trip to remember by attending our upcoming events.

Spirit World Room upgrade: Change is in the air for Origins Centre's Spirit World Room! The Spirit World Room will not be accessible during this time, but everything else in the museum still is. Renovations will be completed by early February.



Book Launch: Dress As Social Relations. By Vibeke Maria Viestad
Tuesday 19 February | 18h00 for 18h30

In Dress as Social Relations Vibeke Maria Viestad challenges this myth of the nearly naked Bushman and provides an interdisciplinary study of Bushman dress, as it is represented in the archives and material culture of historical Bushman communities. Maintaining a critical perspective, Viestad provides an interpretation of the significance of dress for historical Bushman people. Dress, she argues, formed an embodied practice of social relations between humans, animals and other powerful beings of the Bushman world; moreover, this complex and meaningful practice was intimately related to subsistence strategies and social identity.

This is a free event. Please RSVP to; Enquiries; 011 717 4700

Exhibition Opening: Through the Eyes of an Archaeologist
Thursday 28 February | 18h00 for 18h30

Showcasing the archaeological work of Prof Revil Mason, this exhibition recognises and celebrates the African deep past, and the role that African ancestors played in the making of modern South African society. As a history of archaeology at Wits; it is both a celebration of a life’s work and an opportunity to see history through the eyes of an archaeologist. Beautiful archaeological artefacts will be on display and you are invited to immerse yourself in the archaeological world through interactive exhibits.

Exhibition Opening evening is free. Please RSVP to
From 1 March, Exhibition entry R65; Exhibition and Museum entry R81 (discounts for pensioners, students and children). This exhibition runs until 27 April 2019
Enquiries; 011 717 4700

Dinosaur Activity Day
Saturday 2 March | 10h00 till 13h00

Fun, interactive activities all about the dinosaurs and fossils of Africa. All ages welcome; all participants to receive dino goodies to take home.

10h00 till 11h00 – Learn how to draw dinosaurs from fossilised bones with Palaeo-artist and palaeontology post-graduate student, Viktor Radermacher. Best drawings will be submitted to Night of 1000 drawings to raise money for charity. #BringYourArt #DinoDoodles

11h00 till 13h00 - Dino egg hunt and painting; Decorating dinosaurs; Dino prints; Museum Treasure Hunt. More suitable for under 10s, but fun for all.

R70 Children/Students R90 Adults R65 Wits Staff/Pensioners.  
ENQUIRIES:; 011 717-4700

Buy tickets at the door or on Webtickets, click here: 

Where are your ancestors from? DNA Ancestry Testing may have the answers!

The NHLS invites you to a journey in tracing your lineage through DNA Ancestry Testing!

Upcoming tours & sessions: 2 March, 13 April, 4 May, 1 June

Time: 09H30 for 10H00

Venue: Origins Centre, Wits University

Ticket Price: R2000 for a testing kit, briefing session & museum tour

                   R200 for a DNA briefing session & museum tour ONLY

Pre-bookings essential

Enquiries:; +27(0) 11 489 9237

Book your seat on Webtickets:


Please remember to follow us on Facebook (@originscentre), Twitter (@OriginsCentre) and Instagram (originscentre_wits). #yourorigins #OriginsCentre

We have a lot on the go in the coming months; please have a look at our latest blog: Origins Centre gets set to ‘rock’ 2019 in style.


I look forward to seeing you here at your Origins.

Book Launch: Dress As Social Relations by Vibeke Maria Viestad

Vibeke book

Tuesday, 19 February | 18H00 for 18H30


Exhibition Opening: Through the Eyes of an Archaeologist

Prof Revil Mason Exhibition

Showcasing the archaeological work of Prof Revil Mason.

Thursday, 28 February | 18H00 for 18H30

Dinosaur Activity Day

Kids Day

Fun, interactive activities all about dinosaurs and fossils of Africa.

Saturday, 2 March | 10H00 - 13H00

DNA Ancestry Testing

DNA 600X300

The NHLS invites you to a journey in tracing your lineage through DNA Ancestry Testing!

Saturday, 2 March | 10H00