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Visitor information

Getting there

The Origins Centre is located on the West campus of the University of the Witwatersrand in Braamfontein. It is easily accessible by car, bus, or taxi. The centre is just off the M1, a major highway connecting the north and south of the city.

The centre is located on the inner city ciruclar route, C3, of the Rea Vaya. Look out for the Rea Vaya bus stop signs in Jorissen or De Korte streets. This bus service also makes a convenient connection from Park Station in central Johannesburg, which is now served by the superfast Gautrain from Pretoria, the airport and the northern suburbs of Johannesburg.

When to visit

  • Opening times: Monday to Saturday 10h00-17h00.
  • Public holidays, 10h00-17h00, please call ahead to check opening times.  Tel: 011 717 4700.
  • Closed on Sundays.
  • Please book online at webtickets.

Length of visit

The average museum experience takes between 90 minutes and 2 hours, but for the enthusiast, there is an unsurpassed wealth of additional multi-media material detailing Africa’s past.

Tours

Well-informed tour guides can be booked in advance, or enjoy a stroll around with the assistance of our wonderfully narrated audio-guides. Audio guides come with the price of admission and are available in six languages – isiZulu, SeSotho, English, Afrikaans, French, and German.

School Tours

Expertly guided school tours of the museum are available. Book online at webstickets. Contact us at bookings.origins@wits.ac.za for more information.

Costs

  • Adults: R80
  • Seniors & Wits Staff: R65
  • University Students with Student Card: R40
  • Children (under 12 with adult): R40
  • Learners: R45
  • Teachers (with school groups): R55
  • Guide Fee (Max 10-25 Pax): R200
  • Exclusive Guide (Min 1-9 Pax): R500
  • Temporary Exhibition: R50 (FREE with main museum ticket)
  • Lectures: R50
  • Films: R50

Origins Giving Back Ticket: R40 with 4 non-perishable food items or 4 toiletry items

Restuarant

Café Fino is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 16:00.  However, there are several cafes in Braamfontein and on Wits Campus.

Venue hire

The Origins Centre is also a popular venue for exhibitions, book launches and lectures. Click here for more details.

More things to do when you visit

City Sightseeing Red Bus Tours

Hop-on-Hop-off  Jo’burg City sightseeing Red Bus stops at the Origins Centre. The Origins Centre is stop no. 10 on the route of the world-famous tour buses. Explore Jo’burg attractions at your own pace, with 12 bus stops, and a bus that comes around every 40 minutes throughout the day. For more information, and to plan your tour, click here.

City Sightseeing Ticket Holders receive 50% off Adult Tickets at the Origins Centre. Click here to purchase your discounted ticket to visit Origins Museum.

Around the area

Johannesburg is a vibrant city with much to offer visitors. On the Wits University campus alone you will find The Planetarium and the newly-opened Wits Art Museum (WAM). Also located in Braamfontein is Constitution Hill, while around the corner in Newtown – Johannesburg’s cultural hub – you will find Museum Africa, the SAB World of Beer and the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre. 

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