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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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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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Groote Schuur Hospital, Main Road, Cape Town Central 7925, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The place where Dr Christian Barnard did the first heart transplant. Very informative and most people dnd't know about that.

Thank IronMuZz
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This tour was absolutely worthwhile, our docent wonderfully engaging and informative. We enjoyed every minute. If you are in Cape Town be sure to go.

Thank Hazel B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Outstanding tour with Alan today. So knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Absolute must as a visit. Highly recommended.

Thank sedwards552016
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed a very moving experience at the museum with a wonderful knowledgeable and honest guide. You wlll hear and read about the Christiaan Barnard story, visit the theatre where the transplants took place and even view the actual heart preserved for all time. This...More

1  Thank Chris O
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having missed this museum on a previous visit to Cape Town we were determined to visit the museum on this occasion. We are really pleased we took the time to experience this outstanding reconstruction of the first heart transplant. From first to last with an...More

1  Thank Geoff M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spending a few hours at Groote Schuur Hospital with my arranged tour for 3pm on Thursday 07/12/17. On entering the Heart Of Cape Town Museum by taxi from the CBD area of Cape town I'm immediately made welcome by the reception staff, I'm unsure on...More

Thank Stephen N
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a must visit, shuttle service from your hotel. Guided tour is excellent, you learn about Chris Barnard and you are in the theater where the transplant was done....Do not leave Cape Town without a visit!

Thank Lourens-Esterhuyse
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Reviewed 20 January 2018 via mobile

So interesting, and Trace was an amazing guide. Even if you know nothing about the subject, she turned the whole experience into an adventure not to be missed. I went because the cablecar to Table Mountain was cancelled, wow, so glad I️t was!

Thank MBGreatBritain
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Reviewed 15 January 2018

The Heart of Cape Town Museum is dedicated to telling the story of the world's first heart transplant, in December 1967, which was conducted at the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town by a medical team led by Chris Barnard. The guided tour takes about...More

Thank TaraTurk1
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

I often take tourists to the Heart Museum. The staff and guides are always very friendly and ready to share their knowledge of this interesting place. The museum is so well set out and the tour is very interesting. Well worth the visit even if...More

Thank Brenda D
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Stokered
4 April 2015|
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Response from Stokered | Reviewed this property |
My question wasn't directed at you rochester. Someone got on the racism rant but made no mention of anything specific such as the colour of donors. The tour has no race issue and it's a shame someone wants to introduce one... More
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Teddall
19 March 2015|
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Response from rochester604 | Reviewed this property |
others have answered your parking question before me. As to whether you would get a free pass the best thing is to ask when you phone up to book the tour. Don't just turn up, see the tour leaflet in any hotel or tourist... More
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