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“A man after my own heart” 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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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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“A man after my own heart”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

The Heart of Cape Town Museum is for the nerd in you. See the life of Dr. Christian Barnard and how he performed the first ever cardiac transplant. Tours are at 9AM, 11AM, 1PM and 3PM and last for 2 hours. Entrance fee is steep at 200 Rand. Includes a 40 minute video. Has wax figurines in the original operating rooms in Groote Schuur Hospital. Also has newspaper clippings, letters, and the original hearts from the operation. A great visit for a rainy day or if you have an interest in the medical field.

Visited July 2013
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“Too long and too expensive”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013 via mobile

An ode to Christiaan Barnard and not a very interesting one, at that. The two hour tour was an hour too long and for R200, a R100 too much.

Visited July 2013
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Camps Bay, South Africa
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“you will be speachless....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

if you are in the situation that someone around you had a transplant - or if yourself had a transplant - or if you just interested in medical history - this is the place to go. The private Person who set up this place to what it is now did such an amazing Job with all the research and getting the original parts for his demonstration rooms I was speachless. I just think everbody should about this entire Story and see how small we are in our days - going back all this year when the frist transplant happened and seeing all the items used for the op's wow wow wow - well done to the Museum - the Guides where all part of the Team in these days and speak out of experiance.

Visited February 2013
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“Amazing Tour - Must See”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

As a teenager growing up in the 1960's I remember quite well all of the events that led up to this first heart transplant surgery performed by Professor Barnard. As an aspiring doctor i recall following all of the historical events leading to this first successful heart transplant in history. Taking this tour brought back for me numerous memories of the events that led up to this heart transplantation procedure. The history is recreated very accurately. The Madame Touseaud style manikins representing the various important characters bring back to life those very important people. .The tour guide we had was super knowledgeable I took over 1000 digital photos in this place. It is a must see. A trip to Cape Town should include a visit to this fascinating place. I look forward to going back and seeing the place once again during my next visit to Cape Town. Thank you heart of CT Museum for accurately recreating history. All the best always. Dr. S.

Visited June 2013
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“Fascinating tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

I am a pediatrics resident doctor from Canada. I found the museum tour to be scintillating for people of all backgrounds, both medical and non-medical. I loved the medical aspects (obviously), but was particularly fascinated by how they related to the era. I also loved hearing about the stories behind the different players who contributed to the world's first human heart transplantation.

Visited March 2013
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