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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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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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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Sitiawan, Malaysia
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75 reviews 75 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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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38 reviews 38 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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Vancouver
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9 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

We always try to find something interesting and different to see on our trips and the Heart of Cape Town Museum was the hit this trip. Museum recounts the work of Dr Christian Barnard and includes visit to the OR rooms. We learned from Petr who picked us and and returned us to our hotel, that most people hear about... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

In 1967, Chris Barnard and his team made history. Set in the original operating theatre, the Heart of Cape Town Museum showcases the worlds first successful human to human heart transplant operation. The tour covers the history of the operation, the characters and all the events which came together to the astonishment of the world. An inspirational story with excellent... More

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Cape Town
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

Having guided tours at this museum in 2008, NO not a normal museum, rather a living memory of one of the greatest human achievements, one is constantly stimulated by the true story of a young man driven by his mother and personal amibition. This is a 5 Star guided experience by stimulating ladies (and sometimes men) who have a passion... More

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Cape Town
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2012

This is absolutely fascinating, a truly amazing insight into a great man, Dr Christiaan Barnard, and his accomplishments for the world to benefit..

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

Interesting, educational, life like! Something we as Capetonians can be proud of. A great achievement w.r.t the first ever heart transplant and the effort to keep the history alive. The presentation was worthy of the event. Well worth the visit. If I remember correctly, entrance fees were a bit steep, especially for locals.

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Indiana
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337 helpful votes 337 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2012

We visited the museum because my daughter begged us. We had no idea what to expect and were pleasantly surprised with the outcome. The recreation of the surgical rooms is a little creepy and seeing Louis Washkansky in bed was very odd. If you are into medical history this place must be great. If not, you may want to spend... More

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