Maropeng Visitor Centre

Maropeng Visitor Centre, Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site: Hours, Address, Maropeng Visitor Centre Reviews: 4/5

Maropeng Visitor Centre
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
It is now a universally accepted fact that it is the Continent of Africa that is the birthplace of our human species. This is the place where our collective umbilical cord lies buried – in the soil of this great continent. Nowhere else on Earth does there exist such definitive and conclusive proof of our common origin as a species and thus of our common destiny. The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.This site holds global significance as it contains a superbly preserved record of the various stages in the evolution of humankind over 3.5 million years. Maropeng – The Official Visitor Center to The Cradle Of Humankind and the Sterkfontein Caves provides a dual interactive tour experience. Maropeng’s portfolio includes a four star boutique hotel; a gastronomy inspired menu offering; large conference facilities and a green educational facility which offers dormitory style accommodation and is perfect for overnight visits.
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY685 contributions
Museum Visit
Dec 2021
Totally worth visiting when you visit the Sterkfontein Caves. The guided portion lasts about 40 minutes say, but then there is so much material to read about within the museum itself. We were there until we were basically kicked out at closing time and still had plenty more to read!
Written 3 December 2021
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Neil Franklin
Centurion, South Africa409 contributions
Great experience, professional and even fun
Jun 2021 • Couples
Place is run really professionally. Booking system was efficient. Great guided tour and very informative. The quality of the infrastructure and all items is superb and supersized. Well done South Africa on this gem. P.S Boat ride was the best
Written 27 June 2021
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RovingCivilEngineer
Gloucestershire, UK143 contributions
It's aimed at kids (i think) but still a hoot for adults too.
Jun 2019
Get past the negative comments first:

There is a boat ride through the history of the earth - from the cosmic void, via the solar nebula, bombardment, volcanoes, first oceans, autotrophs, cyanobacteria, ice ages, desertification, to the Pliocene in a 10 to 15 minute theme park ride.
Bit thin on detail, but 'fun' anyway.

But then this place is aimed at kids, with just enough to keep a reasonably well educated adult interested.

Then you get into the exhibition of fossils, and the storey of how the site was discovered.

Next comes the reconstruction of how hominids live. And yes, you are in South Africa, and there are school groups (sometime) and the boys gawp, and the girls giggle at the naked mannequins.

All in all, a good visit, that could do better....
Superb for kids though.
Written 4 May 2020
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Igor Mavriky
Grand Baie55 contributions
Great infotainment
Mar 2020 • Couples
Tue centre at Maropeng for thé cradle of humankind offers a great journey through time the museum shows the evolution of life on our planet through fun as educational settings
Great for children as there are interactive displays and a short raft ride through an underground waterway leading to the exhibition area.
There is a restaurant and splendid views across the magaliesberg hills
Written 12 March 2020
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Thanks for the great review, @igorm337. Come visit again soon!
Written 18 March 2020
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recentlybeen
Bristol, UK100 contributions
Not worth the effort of finding this place now that the life sized statues have been taken to Cape Town.
Feb 2020 • Couples
Not worth the effort of finding this place now that the statues have all been removed .
Good visit for school kids aged 6 and up, I would say.
Long walk for older folks.
Very bad sign posting for both museum/visitor centre and caves.
Written 19 February 2020
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Hi recentlybeen, we're sorry that you were not entirely happy with your visit to Maropeng. The temporary Long March to Freedom was a great addition to Maropeng while it was here. Our own exhibition continues to provide an enriching experience for many families. Thanks very much for your feedback on the signage. We'll look into it.
Written 3 March 2020
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Chidozie Uzoezie
Lagos, Nigeria37 contributions
Maropeng Visitor Centre
Feb 2020 • Friends
Situated within the Cradle of Humankind, the Maropeng Visitor Centre, also known as the Maropeng Museum, is a world-class exhibition site, focusing on the development of humans over the past few million years. Although the exhibitions here are based on the hominid fossil discoveries at the Sterkfontein Caves, the Maropeng Museum offers a lot more to educate not only those interested in archeology, but also those interested in arts, nature and human demography. Beyond archeology and evolution, the architecture here is simply incredible, it's civil engineering at its best. In fact, the museum building is a tourist attraction on its own.

At the Maropeng Museum, you'll make a journey through time, starting with the formation of the planet and moving all the way through the evolutionary processes that culminated in the world as we know it today. You will play a mind game that will test the power of your intellect by making you go through an irregularly convoluted metal stand with a metal loop without allowing the loop to touch the convoluted metal. What followed was mind-blowing.

Perhaps, the most daring you'll do at the Maropeng Museum is taking a boat ride through the life-giving Elements of Fire, Water, Earth and Air. This adventure will take you us on boat ride via a rough, narrow, convoluted and dark underground water way. As your boat makes series of irregular movements down the tunnel in stark darkness, you'll see and physically experience the elements of fire, water, earth and air. At this point, you may unconsciously begin to recite the popular Psalm 23 (The Lord is my Shepherd). Yes, this is a journey through the valley of darkness. You will literally and metaphorically see fire. Oh no, this is not that kind of adventure you do and take selfies, you wouldn't even be able to see your face. Trust me, you've never done anything like this before.

Forget the narratives of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, Sterkfontein Caves and the Maropeng Museum are two of the places you must visit on your trip to the Gauteng Province. Beyond satisfying your curiosity, a visit to these sites will deepen your understanding of nature and primitive humanity as well as help you appreciate modern technology.

The Maropeng Museum is not just for the inquisitive and archeology buffs. As a tourist destination it will educate at the very least, and possibly change the way you think of yourself and the world around you. Put it in your bucketlist of travel. You can make the most of your visit to the Cradle of Humankind by getting a combined ticket that includes a visit to the Sterkfontein Caves and the Maropeng Museum.
Written 6 February 2020
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Hi ChidozieUzoezie, thanks very much for the great review!
Written 17 February 2020
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Neesi N
Roodepoort, South Africa40 contributions
Local delight
Dec 2019
Enjoyed the tours available (air, fire, ice age etc.) Walked away with so much of relevant information and statistics globally. Well resourced. Science, technology, history and more. A great day out!
Written 8 January 2020
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Thanks for great review, Neesi N. Glad you enjoyed your day out with us.
Written 29 January 2020
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Sally A
13 contributions
We've been many times and it is always so interesting
Jan 2020
We've been many times and the information is always so relevant and placed well for the whole family. What I am seeing though is that a few of the interactive displays are now a bit dirty and broken - please get them fixed up!
Written 6 January 2020
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Thanks so much for this valuable feedback, SallyA1635!
Written 29 January 2020
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Romy C
1 contribution
Tumulus Restaurant
Dec 2019
Our family Christmas Lunch at the restaurant the service and the food was sub -standard and not very appealing. The service was shocking and the food was so bad that some of us did not even eat, the food that was presented on the menu when we booked and what was presented was far from "world class".

We were very disappointed
Written 6 January 2020
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Chelly
Magaliesburg, South Africa71 contributions
Cradle of Humankind
Dec 2019 • Couples
When we arrived at the security gate the guard greeted us with a " Welcome home guys" which I thought was soooo cool. The visit there was very insightfull and a must for every South African. Our tour guide, Thabo was great aswell and answered everybody's questions. Kids from aged from 13 years would also enjoy this. There is alot to see and a great interactive area. The highlight for me was the boattrip through the ages.
Written 31 December 2019
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