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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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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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Groote Schuur Hospital, Main Road, Cape Town Central 7925, South Africa
+27 21 404 1967

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Reviewed 6 days ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Anton B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

An excellent museum, telling the story of this historic account in a human, compassionate, detailed and enthralling way. The guided tour is what made it - the lady giving the talk was passionate and enthusiastic, pulling no punches when it comes to the character of...More

Thank Martin E
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

I took my aunt and 3 kids (14, 13 and 8) on a visit. It was the best tour we've ever had! The guides were warm, charming, funny, knowledgeable and to the point. The woman leading our tour kept us all interested and involved, and...More

Thank Kaapkind
Reviewed 4 May 2017

It was almost overwhelming to realize we were standing in the OR where the the very first heart transplant took place 50 years ago. This tour gave an incredible account and perspective of the donor's family, the patient, the medical team and the training of...More

1  Thank Condocat
Reviewed 2 May 2017

We spent almost 3 hours browsing through the exhibits and taking the guided tour given by passionate and well-informed guides supplemented with audio-visuals. The exhibits have been set up with great care and are really comprehensive giving one a complete picture of the whole history...More

Thank Chris W
Reviewed 27 April 2017

One of Cape Town's hidden gems - an incredibly interesting guided tour featuring so much more than just the history of the first heart transplant. Beautifully put together, and presented by an exceptionally knowledgeable guide. Entrance fee a little pricey for locals, but worth every...More

Thank MountainNymph
Reviewed 25 April 2017

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

Thank pmkamanga
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How can racism be mentioned in this review, there is no mention of racism at all during the tour or in any of the exhibits.
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
Is there car parking here? Is there a free pass for a heart transplant survivor of 17 years?
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