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The Heart of Cape Town Museum
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Private Tour: Cape of Good Hope Tour from Cape Town
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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!
Cape Town
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“Nicely set up!!!”
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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Stirling, United Kingdom
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“First heart transplant by Christiaan Barnard”
Reviewed March 23, 2013 via mobile

Our hotel booked us on the 11am tour. There are tours at 9, 11 & 1. We took a taxi from our hotel in the centre of Cape Town and the journey took about 15-20 minutes.
The tour lasts for 2 hours and it passes by really quicky.

The tour starts with the accident in which Denise Darwal died and then the subsquent removal of her heart for transplantation into Louis Washansky.

It is a fascinating tour talking about Dr Barnard's life and the incidents that led up to him performing the first heart transplant.

The tour is depicted with models made of silicone and there is a short 20 minute film too. It was fascinating seeing the actual operating theatres, one where the heart was removed and the other in which it was transplanted. The clock in the operating theatre it stopped at 6am, the time which the transplanted heart first started beating on it's own.

You are shown the actual heart from Louis and the original stitches made by Christiaan Barnard are still clearly visible.

This is a fascinating tour and insight into the medicine of 1967 and what had led to heart transplants being performed routinely today.

The hospital itself is a beautiful building. It was simply amazing being on this tour and seeing first hand the groundbreaking work by Christiaan Barnard.

Don't miss this!!

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Nairobi, Kenya
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“Excellent Tour with a personal touch”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

We were pleasantly surprised on this tour! Its the most personal and detailed tour we have had in a long time. Even though we were just 2 people, the guide, Mr Korsman, tool his time and wnet to great lengths to show us around and interprete the sequence of events in context to what was happening in the world at the time. The tour is highly recommended! Will definately be back for some more!

Visited March 2013
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Herault, France
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“An interesting and moving visit”
Reviewed March 8, 2013 via mobile

The thing to realise up-front is that this is a personal guided tour IN ENGLISH lasting about two hours - we were in a group of six. So do check on the starting times for the tours. If this is OK for you then you will have an interesting and moving experience and insight into this important event in medical history.

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Polokwane, South Africa
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“Really interesting place to visit.”
Reviewed March 1, 2013

We were not sure if it would be interesting, but boy were we wrong !! It is really a great place to visit with incredible life-like scenes of how everything really happened. Not for the faint heartded, lots of very visual scenes. A must visit !!

Visited February 2013
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