Heart of Cape Town Museum

Heart of Cape Town Museum information

Cape Town , South Africa
Old Main Bldg, Groote Schuur Hospital, Main Rd, Observatory
+27 21 404 1967
Getting there
Train: Observatory
More information
overseas visitor R176, South African adult/student R88/44
Opening hours
guided tours 9am, 11am, 1pm & 3pm
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Capetonians are very proud that their city was the first place in the world where a successful heart transplant operation was carried out (never mind that the recipient died a few days later). This museum allows you to see the very theatre in Groote Schuur Hospital where history was made in 1967. The displays have a fascinating Dr Kildare–quality to them, especially given the heartthrob status of Dr Christiaan Barnard at the time. The only way to visit the museum is by booking on to a tour; for R50 extra transfers to and from your hotel can be arranged. To reach the hospital from Observatory station, walk west along Station Rd for about 10 minutes.