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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
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+27 21 404 1967
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don’t miss a visit to this museum, which tells the story of the first heart transplant, and the surgeon Christiaan Barnard. It includes a film about his life, and a visit to the operating theatres where the transplant was performed. Small groups, and excellent guides,...More

Thank Judith S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I were enthralled by the history and stories narrated by our guide, as well as being in the actual operatng rooms with lifelike figures in the midst of perdorming the operations. The guide was outstanding in her fascinating telling of the events,...More

Thank PeterBrink
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Me, my wife and our daughter visited The Heart of Cape Town Museum, dedicated to Prof. Chris Barnard, who performed the world's first heart transplant in 1967. The museum has the fully restored operating theatres where the surgery took place. This beautiful museum honours all...More

Thank 811michael
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Obviously this museum has a draw card for those who are medically minded. My partner is and I am not, so I wasn't as keen to attend. That being said - Overall I found the tour to be interesting and informative and actually didn't mind...More

Thank Lorelieellis
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Something I would strongly recommend.If you are young or old its real history The most interesting display and tour I have ever been on Great

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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

Great tribute to Dr. Barnard and his team, and loads of detail about that first heart transplant back in 1967. Well worth a visit if you are interested in the history of medicine or the great milestones of the 20th century. Only available as a...More

Thank Part_time_traveller
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

We missed out on this last time we were in Cape Town due to lack of time and our impression that it was a bit off the beaten track. It is, slightly, but since we hired a car on this visit we found the place...More

Thank Liquidator421
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Reviewed 23 February 2018

The place where Dr Christian Barnard did the first heart transplant. Very informative and most people dnd't know about that.

Thank IronMuZz
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Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

This tour was absolutely worthwhile, our docent wonderfully engaging and informative. We enjoyed every minute. If you are in Cape Town be sure to go.

Thank Hazel B
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Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

Outstanding tour with Alan today. So knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Absolute must as a visit. Highly recommended.

Thank sedwards552016
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Stokered
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
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Teddall
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
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