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“Nice museum, poor guiding” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Heart of Cape Town Museum

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 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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“Nice museum, poor guiding”
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.

Visited December 2012
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“Extraordinary!”
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 some cases donor hearts. The staff are knowledgable and passionate about the stories and bring it all to life while being immensely respectful of the sensitivities involved. I learnt so much.

They couldn't have been more helpful, arranging transfers from my hotel and collecting my husband from the university (and staying open a bit later for us so we could see it all - and there is a lot).

One of the best museums I've seen and the highlight of our visit to Cape Town. Don't miss it..

Visited September 2012
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“Heart Transplant in History”
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 a Hop-Off Hop-On ticket (else 50 rand). If you schedule this 2-hr tour right before you need to leave for the airport, they will even store your luggage during the tour and drive you to the airport free - more than saving the cost (200 rand) of the tour itself.

Visited November 2012
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“Impressive museum on world's first heart transplant”
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.

Visited October 2012
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Durban, South Africa
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“One of the BEST”
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 was totally unbelievable and will remain with me forever. Whatever you do, make sure you visit this museum when next in Cape Town, you won't be sorry.

Well done to the curator and founder of this remarkable property!

Visited October 2012
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