Heart of Cape Town Museum

Heart of Cape Town Museum, Cape Town Central: Hours, Address, Heart of Cape Town Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Heart of Cape Town Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Experience the drama of the world’s first human heart transplant performed by Prof. Chris Barnard in 1967 in the fully restored operating theatres where the surgery took place. The fascinating and very emotional stories of the donor, recipient and medical team involved are told on a fully guided, 2 hour tour with the help of life sized silicone models and replicas of important scenes. Certainly an experience not to be missed!
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rushdas2017
Cape Town, South Africa3 contributions
We had the best tour guide and the information he provided was so informative, exciting and educational. The presentation was captivating and transported us back to the time when the first heart transplant was performed. The amazing museum exhibits added to this. It's a must when visiting Cape Town!
Written 4 August 2022
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Kathryn T
Garforth, UK6 contributions
As some other reviewers have stated, this was a hidden gem and part of the hospital. The tour guide (Allan) was great and the tour was informative. They looked after my Mum who was in a wheelchair and the tour was much better than I expected. This is part of the history of Cape Town and well worth a visit. A family member who lived in Cape Town had never visited and she enjoyed it as well. Good for locals to find out more about this amazing surgeon and also for tourists
Written 25 July 2022
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Lizette Opperman
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The museum exhibits one of the greatest achievements in medical history: the first heart transplant by Dr Chris Barnard. The information given by the guide, Llen, was excellently presented and captivating throughout the tour. The exhibits are fascinating and interesting and covers every possible aspect of the journey to this historic event. When standing in the room where the operation actually took place, amidst the old-fashioned heart-lung machine, patient lying on the operating table and Dr Barnard with his medical team busy removing the heart, one can actually feel the tension and excitement in the air! An experience not to be missed!
Written 21 July 2022
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Joe D
Raleigh, United States3 contributions
Friends
We had the best tour with Cindy as she was super knowledgeable and answered all of our many questions. As Americans we were so amazed that we were able to actually touch the items and be right in the exhibit. The first transplant was so amazing and this museum has done a wonderful job of capturing the excitement and the aftermath of the news coverage.
Written 4 July 2022
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Richard Colorado
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We were pleasantly surprised by how much details and facts we learnt about on our tour to the museum. We took the guided tour and it was fantastic hearing from the guide who was very passionate about her job and the museum. This museum is part of history and is set in the location where the actual transplant occurred. The way it is set up you can almost imagine yourself being part of history and watching a miracle taking place right before your eyes. The museum had free parking in a secure part of the hospital.
Written 29 June 2022
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Jaine H
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Family
After two years closure(due to Covid19 restrictions) I am happy to say that the Heart of Cape Town has reopened.
I took my home school students for the tour yesterday and it was fantastic.
This was my third tour with students and the tour guide Cindy was the best. She is an oracle, not a doctor, who is totally invested in the history of Chris Barnard and his team who performed the World's , first ever, heart transplant.
She is articulate, while using plain speak on the technical aspects while sharing small anecdotes that add humor and breath life, into what could be a sterile tour - excuse my puns.
Amazing life life exhibitions transport the visitor back to that historic night.
My students aged 11 and 12 (grade 6) were fascinated throughout the tour. No better way to learn history than through the experience.
This tour is Cape Town's best educational and tourist attraction. Don't miss it.
Written 11 May 2022
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Randall R
Washington DC, DC3 contributions
We enjoyed every single moment in every way. The famous Dr Barnard and where he performed the worlds first successful heart transplant. It is really worth a visit when in Cape Town.
Written 19 August 2021
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caea
Germany19 contributions
Museum dedicated to the first human heart ❤️ transplant! Original operation rooms! Kind people will explain everything. Wax dummies and all of the original medical documents are shown! A must-see in Cape Town.
Written 5 October 2020
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Digby575
Reigate, UK3 contributions
This was a superb tour and I have to say that Trace Downing-Adamo, our tour guide, made the story come alive. If you are expecting a dry monologue on the workings of the operation this couldn't be further from that perception. (although we had two medical students on the tour who found everything interesting). Also, they went to the effort of getting Madame Tussauds to make all of the figures which i think shows that they have put thought in to the exhibition.
The tour gives almost as much time to the stories behind the operation - the donor and the recipient, as well as a realistic portrayal of Dr Christian Barnard. There was real pride in the fact that South Africa achieved this milestone in medicine, but tempered with realistic assessment of the type of man the Doctor was. This was a fascinating (under the radar) tour and having been bitterly disappointed by Robben island in the morning this visit more than made up for that.
Written 10 March 2020
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DayaFamily
Johannesburg, South Africa278 contributions
Great museum dedicated to the work of Dr Chris Barnard. Very educational. Great exhibits. Not recommended for very young children.
Written 10 February 2020
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