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Address: Groote Schuur Hospital, Main Road, Cape Town Central 7925, South Africa
Phone Number:
+27 21 404 1967
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

   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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Make sure to book a guided tour. This is a history lesson of the hospital and doctor who performed the first heart transplant.The guides are passionate and very knowledgable... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Emarie B
Paarl, South Africa

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I never do museums at all,i find them boring but i was in a group and found myself here and this took me back to the 80s and 90's when my dad spoke on what was going on in SA then,a must visit

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Paarl, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Make sure to book a guided tour. This is a history lesson of the hospital and doctor who performed the first heart transplant.The guides are passionate and very knowledgable. Real life operating rooms included in the tour.

Thank Emarie B
Cape Town, South Africa
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6 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing, amazing guided tour. Very informative on how, why, and the effects of the first heart transplant. The tour guide also tackled political issues that arose from the transplant, such as racial implications.

Thank winniesuns
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good personal experience with knowledgeable guide working as a volunteer. Can be made technical or for the layman. Lifelike sets and good videos on the transplant. A bit of South African pride. Kids enjoyed a well but little ones may get bored.

Thank Tertius K
Townsville, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a young girl I remember the excitment when it was announced that Christiaan Barnard had performed the 1st Heart Transplant. Later this charasmatic man married a gorgeous 19 year girl and his stardom knew no bounds. This museum puts his huge accomplishments into perspective while showing and applauding the others who led the way and worked beside him. The... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our guided tour at the heart of Cape Town museam was absolutely fascinating and you are sure to learn a lot from it! All of the guides are very knowledgeable and will answer most questions. In the tour you are told lots about all aspects of the first successful human to human heart transplant and other transplants on both humans... More 

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

Following an informative short film intro there is a terrific guided tour through the history of unsuccessful heart transplantation culminating with the actual operating theatres where the first human heart transplant was done, complete with very lifelike mannequins performing it. Pricey by SA levels for overseas visitors at 350 rand each but actually worth it.

Thank AdrianB144
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

The museum is incredibly interesting from historical, cultural , medical and scientific bases. It is a tribute to Christain Barnard ;a genius, rising from poor roots, having to learn a foreign language :English to get to medical school, He was able to get funding and equipment from the U.S.A., where he studied. This eventually enabled him to do the first... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

great place nice information about heart transplantation mostly about hospital and information of history of heart

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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Lovely experience, highly recommended. The statues are very realistic. Well designed and friend tour guides.

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