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A Gem In Beaufort West

Informative and well presented. Interesting to learn more about Christian Bernard, the heart... read more

Reviewed February 27, 2018
Essex, United Kingdom
Everything you wanted to know about Christiaan Barnard.

Very interesting exhibition in the old town hall, plus the next door buildings. The town is very... read more

Reviewed June 24, 2017
Trish C
Knysna, South Africa
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89 Donkin Street, Beaufort West 6970, South Africa
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Reviewed February 27, 2018

Informative and well presented. Interesting to learn more about Christian Bernard, the heart surgeon. His upbringing, education and lifetime achievements. One part of the complex has personal recollections and information of the clearance of the area during apartheid. Shocking what man can do to man....More

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Reviewed January 1, 2018

Well presented- entrance fee only R15 per person and well worth the time spent here. First heart lung machine is part of exhibition- astounded with the instuments used in first heart transplant. Found Napoleonic exhibits facinating. A must for history enthusiasts.

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Reviewed July 16, 2017

Good displays about the heart transplants performed in cape Town by Prof. Chris Barnard in 1967. He grew up in Beaufort West. Also well shown is the effect that the group Areas Act had on the displacement of people of Colour in the area.

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Reviewed June 24, 2017

Very interesting exhibition in the old town hall, plus the next door buildings. The town is very proud of their famous son, quite rightly so.

Thank Trish C
Reviewed May 17, 2017

Who is interested in the origin of the boy that would change medical history is very welcome here. Barnard wanted to rest in this ground, as well. The humble house of a country preacher may impress the visitor. Other aspects of the museum complex regard,...More

Thank dringdilara
Reviewed May 14, 2017

Reasonably maintained, but not a place that one really cannot miss. The area surrounding the complex is sadly negected

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Reviewed March 24, 2017

First heart transplant feature in the main museum and next door in the church of the local area. Good photo's and write up's displayed, well worth a visit.

Thank Mikebarn
Reviewed January 3, 2017 via mobile

Very excellent museum and very educational. House looks very modern for those times. Would've been really good if they gave tours in the house and also in the church. The guy who operates the house dissapeared and we could not enter we would've waited there...More

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Reviewed October 31, 2016

By far the friendliest reception lady in Beaufort West, she is a tiny bundle of energy, making sure you explore and get to know the history of its most famous doctor, Christiaan Barnard. Very interesting

Thank Melanie665
Reviewed September 30, 2016

I suppose we chose a bad day - the staff were busy preparing for a special event at the weekend and so we at first could find noone to let us in. Eventually an assistant at the library contacted one of the museum personnel and...More

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