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“Visiting History” 5 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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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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!
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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“Visiting History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

I remember as a child when Chris Bernaard completed the first heart transplant. To see this museum was revisiting a part of my child that influenced me greatly. We had a guide take us through who was very informative. Definitely a must see. Total time was about 1 1/2 hours.

Visited May 2013
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“A trip to Cape Town must include this museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

At first I didn't wont to visit this museum the thought of operating theater put me off
bit how wrong I was it brought back memories of the day that operation was performed.now a day in history
The museum is set up in the actual operating theater you get the feel of what is must have been like.
The film about Christian Barnard was also very interesting and very informative about his life and also his brother who helped him in the operation.
I was so moved by this visit that on my return home I bought his book Second Life that's how much i enjoyed the visit
Even if you don't like hospitals this is still a pleasant museum

Visited June 2012
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Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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“Wish I have more time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Well put together. Much to see and study. Would like to go again and allow more time to see everything.

Visited April 2013
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Cape Town
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“Thoroughly enjoyable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

My visit to the heart of Cape Town museum was by chance and only because it was raining, however it was a thoroughly enjoyable and something I recommend to anyone visiting Cape Town whatever the weather! We did the 2 hour tour with Allan Korsman. It was fascinating. The museum itself is brilliantly set up in the actual rooms that were used by Christian Barnard. They have lifelike models of the doctors performing the various operations which really adds to the display.
If you are in Cape Town this is a museum well worth the visit.

Visited March 2013
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“Nicely set up!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

The old theatre has been changed into a museum. And the whole tour (of 2 hours) will give you a great overview of what lead up to the first successful heart transplant. Well worth a visit!!!

Visited November 2012
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