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“Mesmerizing” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Heart of Cape Town Museum

The Heart of Cape Town Museum
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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!
Potomac, Maryland
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Mesmerizing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Extremely well presented both physically and emotionally. The guides are both knowledgeable and passionate. It is a sensational learning experience. All ages would benefit from this experience. Don't miss it while in Cape Town

Visited October 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Most Edifying”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

A great experience particularly for my wife who was a health professional. It really was a very full two hours and much praise to our guide Christine who made it so interesting. Chris Barnard was obviously a great and dedicated man and it was difficult not to centre on him and his achievements but they did try. Well worth a visit if you have a few hours to spare

Visited August 2013
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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“Exciting, especially if you are in the health field”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

The Heart of Cape Town Museum is definitely the place to go for health/medical nerds and others alike. You get to learn about the life of Dr. Barnard and how he performed the first ever cardiac transplant, as well as the lives of those others involved. Entrance fee is R200 and R100 for students. There is a knowledgable tour guide(I had her all to myself as no one else was on my tour, a 40 minute video, and wax figurines in the original operating rooms in Groote Schuur Hospital. There are numerous letters, newspaper clippings, and original documents. The best parts were getting to see the actual operating rooms and getting to see the actual hearts! A must see for those in the health or medical field.

Visited July 2013
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South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Sensational history shared on site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

It was an amazing tour, You are taken by the excellent guides into the actual theatre where the first heart transplant took place. The history and the politics of the time set the scene with lots of extra information to absorb. We totally loved it. Just didn't like the different entry fees for SA residents and Non SA residents.

Visited October 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 340 helpful votes
“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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