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The Heart of Cape Town Museum

Closed Now: 09:00 - 17:00
Open today: 09:00 - 17:00
The Heart of Cape Town Museum Admission Ticket
from US$21,65*
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from US$21,65*
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“human heart”(24 reviews)
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...more
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Groote Schuur Hospital, Main Road, Cape Town Central 7925, South Africa
+27 21 404 1967
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The first ever human heart transplant operation was performed by Prof Christiaan Barnard at the Groote Schuur Hospital. This amazing event comes to life and is skilfully and accurately presented to the visitor in an absolutely breath-taking manner. The sugeons and hospital staff are portrayed...More

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very friendly, personal commentaries, full of information that is not always known about in general. My friend and I trained at Groote Schuur many years ago, and she even had surgery in the theatre by the same team. We were both stunned at how interesting...More

Thank Jenni L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a great time here. I went with aa couple of friends and we all have great things to say about this place.

Thank vandenise1234
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a most interesting place to visit. Although I remember the first heart transplant and all the news around it 50 years ago, it was hugely interesting to hear all the background details and see all the exhibits. The lady leading our group was...More

Thank Marianne M
Reviewed 31 August 2018

A must visit while in Cape Town. You get to learn a lot more, Feel like a local. I loved the place & the feels.. Very clean as well

Thank Kingsley Ugo. M
Reviewed 12 August 2018

My wife and I were captivated by this tour. The science/medicine may seem old hat now, but back then it was quite revolutionary. You feel almost like a family member of a recipient patient. A lot of very personal info on Dr Barnard and the...More

Thank SrHootie
Reviewed 7 August 2018

A guided tour round the old Cape Town Hospital , now a museum to the first sets of Heart Transplants performed by Dr Christaan Barnard. The guides were enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Exhibits include reconstructed operating theatres, scrub rooms and an immense amount of ephemera relating...More

Thank WhittonA
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

interesting tour around the hospital where the first heart transplant was performed, got to see the operating rooms (and the actual heart) where the surgery was performed! learned a lot about not only the procedure but about the lives of Dr Barnard and the donor...More

3  Thank ckennedy8
Reviewed 17 July 2018

The tour was very interesting, the wax models are amazing and a very fun and educational aspect! It was very enjoyable!

1  Thank Yolained28
Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

Very interesting! The guide was excellent and well informed and made the story of the worlds first heart transplantation most exciting, very friendly staff!

1  Thank 25_lena
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4 April 2015|
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Response from rochester604 | Reviewed this property |
My review does not mention racism. I assume a reviewer has pointed out that Barnard was prevented from doing the first heart transplant for 4 months because the first 2 available hearts were 'black' and he was not allowed to... More
19 March 2015|
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Response from rochester604 | Reviewed this property |
others have answered your parking question before me. As to whether you would get a free pass the best thing is to ask when you phone up to book the tour. Don't just turn up, see the tour leaflet in any hotel or tourist... More