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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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Good place to look back in history, with well laid out sets and artifacts. Good atmosphere where you do not feel the need to rush around.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Good place to look back in history, with well laid out sets and artifacts. Good atmosphere where you do not feel the need to rush around.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Josh just love it educational and full of fun. Lot of questions were ask by my son and lots of laughter.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Make time for this amazing, informative and totally absorbing tour. You will be surprised how much information the brilliant tour guide tells you from the tragedy of a young woman's accident to the skill of making use of her heart for transplanting into the very first heart recipient, becoming a celebrity just by the fact of his operation. How Dr... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

There is so much information that you will not be able to take it all in. It is very cool seeing the actual first diseased heart and the donor heart on display. It is really awesome to be able to see some of the original equipment and the actual locations where this all took place.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

This museum is a hidden gem in Cape Town. As two medical students we loved it. The tour was very informative. We saw the actual hearts that were transplanted and the actual theatres in which the transplant took place. We learnt with great respect about the girl and her family who made this possible and the history behind the race... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

It was so interesting learning about and seeing the place where the first heart transplant took place! A great museum to add on your trip to Cape Town!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

As a nurse and transplant recipient I have an interest in this subject but wondered how they would fill the two hours. We had seen the tour advertised on our hop on hop off bus tour. And as holders of the bus tickets we were given a free transfer to and from our hotel to the hospital. The exhibition and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We had done all the other famous tourist attractions in and around Cape Town, when I came across this on Trip Advisor. This turned out to be one of the highlights of our holiday. My wife's a nurse, my aunt had had a heart by pass a couple of years ago, so it seemed like a plan. Uncle Billy and... More 

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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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