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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
+27 21 404 1967

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was 11 years old when the first heart transplant was done and have read almost everything on it I could find. What an amazing experience! The museum clearly sets the scene back in 1967, and I stood amazed at how little technology they had....More

Thank ReinhardtCapeTown
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a lovely museum well worth a visit. It included a variety of displays set out in an orderly manner with plenty of information.

Thank Kerry J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are interested in medical science this is the place to go in capetown. The guides are very knowledgable and give first hand Information about the first human heart transplant surgery.

Thank U K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You might not think of a hospital as a place you would want to visit by choice, but this museum is fantastic and well worth a trip off the beaten path! It is a facility dedicated to the world’s first successful heart transplant, performed in...More

Thank eps2015
Reviewed 13 August 2017

We visited the Museum because the Groote Schuur Hospital was where my mother in law began her nursing career in 1938. The Christiaan Barnard Museum is located in the old hospital. There we went on a guided tour and saw the recreated operating theatre where...More

Thank DavidGunn1
Reviewed 11 August 2017

I’ve just entertaining 2 hours listening to Trace Downing-Adamo, head of and tour guide at the Heart Museum at Groote Schuur Hospital. Here’s somebody who not only knows her subject, but is passionate about the information she relays - and she has a sense of...More

Thank Lucille B
Reviewed 30 July 2017

We raced through the door at two minutes to 9am last Wednesday to find that the tour was fully booked (50 school kids were due to arrive). However the staff were hugely accommodating and squeezed us in around the kids' visit (they felt that they...More

1  Thank BWM505
Reviewed 22 July 2017

this is a great museum in the centre, its full of african culture and well worth a trip, there is a animal section which is too amazing for words i won't split it but you must go in and see. the history is well set...More

Thank branstonthecat
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

The museum is situated in the Groote Schuur hospital with special parking for museum visitors. The tour was two hours and very informative about the famous event on the 3rd December 1967 when Dr Barnard did the heart transplant.There are displays in the actual Theaters...More

1  Thank Mike_G6308
Reviewed 19 July 2017

We heard about the positive comments on the Internet before going, but it was far more than interesting. With a nice lady touring us, we had an in-depth knowledge of how the first heart transplant taken place.

Thank winniethepooh17
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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
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