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The Heart of Cape Town Museum

Groote Schuur Hospital, Main Road, Cape Town Central 7925, South Africa
++27 21 404 1967
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Owner description: Experience the drama of the world’s first human heart transplant performed by Prof. Chris Barnard in 1967 in the fully restored operating theatres... more » Owner description: 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! « less
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Pretoria
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Our family visits many museums but this is the most memorable of all. The tour was gripping and gave an excellent in-depth history of the events, facts and characters involved. Two years later we are still talking about it!

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cheam, surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

This tour was recommended to us and it really did fulfill all our expectations. The building is stunning and the the tour has been designed to captivate the visitor and tell the story of the amazing groundbreaking work of Christiaan Barnard. The sad story of the sudden death of the first donor Denise Darvall in 1967, is told along with... More

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East London, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

Very interesting part of Cape Town's history. It gives some interesting insights in to how medicine was practiced and how it has changed. The welcome video was well done.

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Oslo, Oslo, Norway
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

The museum itself was very nice and educational. I would have preferred however, to walk around myself, rather than take part in the two hour guided tour. The guide focused on too many details about the surgeon´s family, the donor´s hobbies etc, that I was not really interested in.

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Brisbane, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

It is more than two months since we visited this museum and I still find myself thinking of it often. To enter through what was the emergency entrance and stand in the actual operating theatres where it all happened (and set up as they were on the day) is an unforgettable experience, as is seeing the preserved recipient and in... More

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New York City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

For those who remember the shock and excitement of the world's first heart transplant - and even for those who do not - this is good history. You do not need a medical background to understand and appreciate the guided tour at Groote Schuur Hospital. It's extremely informative. Pickup and return to your hotel is free for those who purchased... More

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Sitiawan, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Glad to visit this Heart museum on the historic heart transplant performed by the eminent pioneer Dr. Christian Barnard in 1967. He used the accident victim, Denise's heart to transplant into the recipient, Louis Wallansky. The exhibits were very detailed, informative and well laid out. It is certainly worth a visit.

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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

I am the publisher of many Travel Guides and I therefore have to visit, research and photograph many attractions in and around SA. I was totally impressed by The CHRIS BARNARD HEART MUSEUM in Cape Town South Africa. Every little detail has been thought of and it feels as though you are actually part of the whole operation. The experience... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012 via mobile

We have visited Cape Town on several occasions, and finally got round to visiting here inSeptember 2011. It was a guided tour and we were only a small group of visitors about 6 of us, mainly medical professionals , we were not but able to follow and understand completely what was being explained. The actual operating theatres and the models... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012 via mobile

I had always known the first heart transplant done by Dr Chris Barnard and his team was special, but to actualy walk with an excetionally knowlegeable guide through the very corridors, and opperating theatres with life like props and the actual instruments , was an experience I will never forget!! What makes it even more incredible is seeing how far... More

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