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“A great tribute to an iconic SA legend”

The Heart of Cape Town Museum
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US$115.50*
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Private Tour: Cape of Good Hope Tour from Cape Town
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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!
Reviewed 9 June 2014

Having been to the Chris Barnard museum in Beaufort West to see where it began to seeing where the first successful heart transplant took place and to hear all the fascinating stories that lead up to the first transplant and what transpired afterwards was awe inspiring

Thank Pierre R
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

When you find out that the tour is two hours long, you wonder what they could possibly show in two hours and if you will lose interest at all...let me tell you, you don't.

The tour starts with an explanation of how the accident happened and ends with a tour of the original operating theatres and an immaculate reconstruction of the theatres along with wax figures to give you a better understanding of how the events of the operation played out.

The tour guides are passionate and while they give you lots of information about the doctor, both patients and their respective families, you walk away with a complete understanding of the whole operation.

5  Thank John G
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

Have personally been here twice and it stays amazing! Good product offering and I think a good visit for anybody and also if you're in the medical field this is quite amazing! Will recommend this!

2  Thank RoH22
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

I was very impressed by the level of detail in this tour. They really did a good job recreating the build-up to the first heart transplant and the actual operation. I walked in not knowing a thing about the place other than that the first heart transplant happened there. By the end I felt like I knew Christian Barnard personally and like I had actually watched this historic event take place.
An excellent tour.

2  Thank LucasBlack
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

South Africa beat the world to it, when Dr. Christiaan Barnard transplanted the first human heart in 1967. This museum is located in Cape Town, at Groote Schuur Hospital. The original theatres were restored, and the set-up is like a real-life presentation of what it was like in those days. The whole story of that first heart transplant is told by artefacts and a wonderfully trained guide. The personal experiences of the family of the donor and of the first transplant patients are told, together with the experiences of Dr. Christiaan Barnard. A moving place with personal biography mixed with advances in medicine.

2  Thank elmaross
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