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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Groote Schuur Hospital, Main Road, Cape Town Central 7925, South Africa
+27 21 404 1967

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Reviewed 4 days ago

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 6 days ago 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

Thank Mike_G6308
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best museum ever visited. The specimens were close to real. The education of science and politics 50 years ago is very nicely displayed. Best recommended for people above 15 years. they will definitely get to learn a lot from this museum.

1  Thank gracetayl0r
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic museum, guide was unbelievable. Have to admit one of the best museums I've been to, admittedly only went because I had to! Wouldn't have missed it

Thank Delford M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our Cape Town tour guide introduced us to this museum, which was not in the standard circuit. We read about it, and decided to make time for this - and what a good choice this was. Trace, our museum tour guide, was absolutely amazing. She...More

1  Thank SNottIN
Reviewed 16 June 2017

The guide was wonderful and both my husband (reluctant participant) and I thought this was one of the highlights of our stay in Cape Town.

Thank marthag
Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

What an amazing place to visit. Very informative and very inspiring. Lots of interesting facts and stories to read and the guide is a wonderful lady who gave us lots of information. It's a must see

Thank shanetr
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Such a fun experience, the whole family loved it, highly recommended - the latex models and scenes which have been brought to life are so interesting

Thank AnnieHodes
Reviewed 21 May 2017

The museum is set out primarily in a “diorama” format, with visitors attending a guided tour through several rooms, with each room showing a different “slice of life”. Most of the rooms feature silicone dummies, each costing a staggering R100k each. So no touching! The...More

1  Thank Anton B
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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