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Address: Groote Schuur Hospital, Main Road, Cape Town Central 7925, South Africa
Phone Number:
+27 21 404 1967
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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   Experience the drama of the world’s first human heart...

   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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A worthwhile tour for anyone especially those in the medical field. Very informative with excellent exhibits well displayed. A worthwhile visit but the entrance fee is quite steep... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
JUSTINE-JESSE
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Pretoria, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A very informative tour and presentation, covering all aspects of the first heart transplant. The time leading up to the day and the way it affected the world thereafter.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A worthwhile tour for anyone especially those in the medical field. Very informative with excellent exhibits well displayed. A worthwhile visit but the entrance fee is quite steep for South Africans! Make sure you check the tour times as you can't wander around on your own. At the third entrance of Groote Schuur hospital close to the main entrance.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely amazing experience, interesting since this is such an important part of our history. Fact filled and interesting to medical and non-medical professionals, even my 8 year old daughter found it fascinating. Do yourself a favor and pay a visit!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

See old operating facilities and get the real feeling. Very informative, if you would like to join the medical profession this is a must!

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Pretoria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting tour and well worth the entrance fee. Tour starts every 2 hours so check starting time before visit. You can't go through museum without joining the guide.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This 2 hour visit and tour was so informative. Especially if you have some medical knowledge but also very interesting for general public. Whole and true story behind the first heart transplant as well as history of Chris Barnard after that. Also 2 short movies. Strongly recommend.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Really enjoyed the tour with our guide. The movie about Barnaard was very educating and interesting. The first heart transplant marked such a huge step in medicine and anyone with a medical background (or interest in medicine) will enjoy the story behind it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Together with friends from work we got taken through the museum by a very talkative guide who knew Chris Barnard personally. Great props and models along the way and walk through real theaters and operating scenes. Overall a very authentic feel, with quality information and detailed sneak peaks into the life of Chris Barnard. A short video montage also helps... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

This is a very interesting guided tour if you have about 2 1/2 hours to spare. You can spend at least another hour reading the materials on display. Tours are provided a few times a day (check the website) - 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm I believe. The tour gives you some background on Dr. Christiaan... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

I am very very disappointed because after visiting the museum the manager ordered a taxi for me because he was tired and couldn't bring me back. He promised that everything would be fine I should not worry about the taxi payment but I had to pay for my trip back. The lady working there told me that only pick up... More 

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