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“pricey entrance fee”

The Heart of Cape Town Museum
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$119.36*
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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!
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“pricey entrance fee”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

The heart of Cape Town museum is an interesting little place that provides background into the life of christian Bernard, the donor and recipient of the first human transplant. I found the entrance fee a bit pricey at around $20. I am in the medical profession and would have liked a few more medical details but otherwise and interesting 2 hour guided tour

Visited September 2013
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Hannibal, Missouri
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“Medical history that will improve your life today”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

As a child in the 1960's, the history of the first heart transplant was in my distant memory. This museum brought not only this event to life, but also the life and times of Christian Barnard. One of the most meticulous and dedicated physicians to have lived. The participants in this museum tour will not only stand in his operating theater but come away feeling like you were there. The video interview of Dr. Barnard will teach you not only about this man, but give you a new definition of life that you can use to improve your own life. Don't miss this museum if you are in Cape Town.

Visited October 2013
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Potomac, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Mesmerizing”
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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Scotland
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“Most Edifying”
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”
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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