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The Heart of Cape Town Museum

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Groote Schuur Hospital, Main Road, Cape Town Central 7925, South Africa
+27 21 404 1967
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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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Groote Schuur Hospital, Main Road, Cape Town Central 7925, South Africa
+27 21 404 1967
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

So interesting, and Trace was an amazing guide. Even if you know nothing about the subject, she turned the whole experience into an adventure not to be missed. I went because the cablecar to Table Mountain was cancelled, wow, so glad I️t was!

Thank MBGreatBritain
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Heart of Cape Town Museum is dedicated to telling the story of the world's first heart transplant, in December 1967, which was conducted at the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town by a medical team led by Chris Barnard. The guided tour takes about...More

Thank TaraTurk1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I often take tourists to the Heart Museum. The staff and guides are always very friendly and ready to share their knowledge of this interesting place. The museum is so well set out and the tour is very interesting. Well worth the visit even if...More

Thank Brenda D
Reviewed 14 December 2017

Architecturally this building stands out against the mountain when approaching Cape Town from the north. But the main attraction is that it was the venue of the first successful heart transplant in the world in 1967. Even today this facility with its new additions is...More

Thank kdgarlipp
Reviewed 3 December 2017

a milestone in the medical history, explained in detail and with clear displays. A movie in the middle assures all details are repeated again. Our guide was a bit unsure and easily distracted, but full of passion.

Thank Annelies D
Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

It's hard to believe in December it will be 50 years since the first heart transplant. This is a gem of a museum but probably overlooked as its off the public transport routes. If you have purchased tickets from the 'Hop on, hop off bus...More

1  Thank Christina G
Reviewed 26 November 2017

We were fortunate enough to be shown round by Don, who was a close friend of Barnard's who accompanied him on many of his overseas trips, taking photographs and assisting him with managing his fame. The museum is an extremely personal and affectionate tribute to...More

Thank Jonathan932
Reviewed 24 November 2017

This is a fantastic museum with great exhibits. The tour works really well and our guide was excellent. Not to be missed.

Thank Steve R
Reviewed 6 November 2017

I had no expectations and that was good. It is a terrific museum and we were blessed with the best guide Tracee! It was so interesting, so authentic, so informative -- definately one of the best museums I've visited. I'd go again anytime!

Thank KristaE70
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

This place was incradible. This place wasmuxh more than just a musuem. We went theyre during a tour but thetwo extremely kind managers let us in a bit late gifting us with two heart braclets. The content inside was amazin too. the replicas the hearts...More

Thank burakumut
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4 April 2015|
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Response from Stokered | Reviewed this property |
My question wasn't directed at you rochester. Someone got on the racism rant but made no mention of anything specific such as the colour of donors. The tour has no race issue and it's a shame someone wants to introduce one... 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