A MUSEUM IN AFRICA FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD
The Origins Centre boasts an extensive collection of rock art from the Wits Art Research Institute. At the centre visitors can see the earliest images made by humans, found in South Africa. Combining cutting-edge technology with the creative vision of some of South Africa’s foremost artists, the exhibits of the museum takes visitors through an extraordinary journey of discovery, which begins with the origins of humankind in Africa, and then moves through the development of our art, symbolism, and technology on the continent.
The Origins Centre
offers visitors a unique experience of Africa's rich, complex and sometimes mysterious past. Combining cutting-edge technology with the creative vision of South Africa's foremost artists, the narrative structure of the museum takes visitors through an extraordinary journey of discovery.
The journey begins with the origins of humankind in Africa and the Out of Africa Hypothesis, then moves through the development of art, symbolism, technology - the very things that give us our humanity - on the continent. The journey then continues through the destruction of the great and diverse southern African rock art traditions - the world's oldest continuous art forms - at the hands of colonists before ending, more positively, with the re-discovery of these ancient masterworks in a contemporary world.
Unashamedly Africa-centric, the Origins Centre seeks to restore the continent to its rightful place in history - as the place where everything that makes us who we are today originated.
For more information on the Origins Centre.
For more information on African Rock Art.
Visit the Africa Rock Art Archive
For more information on South African Rock Art.
Visit the South Africa Rock Art Archive
Stone Tools at the Origins Centre
Some of fossils the Origins Centre
Damon De Laszlo & Dr. Ben Smith
Damon De Laszlo examines Rock Art
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