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The Heart of Cape Town Museum

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Address: Groote Schuur Hospital, Main Road, Cape Town Central 7925, South Africa
Phone Number: ++27 21 404 1967
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: Experience the drama of the world’s first human heart transplant performed...
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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Favorite museum in cape town

Museum is well done with very knowledgeable docents. Take the two hour tour. There is not a dull moment, all very interesting and well put together.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2015
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Fredericton, Canada

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Museum is well done with very knowledgeable docents. Take the two hour tour. There is not a dull moment, all very interesting and well put together.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

My fatger had a heartattack and only the best service was given for this world famous heart specialist hospital. This great service from a public hospital is unprecedented and should be ranked as a world number one for friendliness and professiinalism

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

My family and I visited the Heart of Cape Town Museum this holiday while in Cape Town.We mainly went for my niece who handled the subject about Prof. Chris Barnard and his pioneering heart transplant surgery in an assignment during the academic school year.I was really impressed by this guided tour.Being a somewhat of a historian myself,I really enjoyed the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Suspenseful story of the race to the first heart transplant, including the events that led up to the momentous procedure and followed it. Also, fascinating look at the the complex man behind it, Dr. Barnard. So many interesting facts and details. I learned a great deal and enjoyed every part of it. I recommend the tour for anyone with an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This is a must do when you are in the Cape region. The atmosphere of the late sixties comes alive and the importance of the medical progress can be felt on the spot. We loved the way the museum was promoted by the people working there and were very touched by the individual approach.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Our final morning prior to returning home was spent at this Museum and we were given a comprehensive 2 hr tour by an experienced guide. Personally speaking, it was a very informative visit and significantly enhanced our knowledge of the first human heart transplant undertaken in 1967. The mock ups of the operating theaters, equipment used at the time, videos,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Buying a "hop-on hop-off" bus ticket allowed free transport to this museum. We were collected from the V&A waterfront bus stop by the manager of the museum who took us via the spot where the donor of the first heart transplant was tragically killed. From there it was to the museum where we had a fascinating 2 hour tour of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

as a young man growing up in the 60's there were world shattering events that took place, one of which was the 1st heart transplant. I wanted to see for myself the official story of this 1967 event and was not at all disappointed with this visit. You are taken through the story of the event - with a particular... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Tells the story of the first Heart Transplant Surgery carried out by Professor Christiaan Barnard in 1967. Well told and well displayed at the Groote Schur Hospital. Our Guide was excellent

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Great tour! The museum is located on the original grounds and still has the original equipment The tour is very informative - highly recommended

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Address: Groote Schuur Hospital, Main Road, Cape Town Central 7925, South Africa
Phone Number: ++27 21 404 1967
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
Open Hours:
Sunday 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

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