Heart of Cape Town Museum, Cape Town

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Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
The world's first heart transplant took place at Heart of Cape Town Museum, which explains how an amazing medical feat put South Africa's doctors and hospitals on the global map. An expert guide will lead you through the science and ethics of this historic surgery while walking you through the exact room in which the operation took place in 1967. Make Heart of Cape Town Museum part of your personalized Cape Town itinerary using our Cape Town online trip itinerary builder.
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  • Museum dedicated to the first human heart ❤️ transplant! Original operation rooms! Kind people will explain everything. Wax dummies and all of the original medical documents are shown! A must-see in.....  more »
  • This was a superb tour and I have to say that Trace Downing-Adamo, our tour guide, made the story come alive. If you are expecting a dry monologue on the workings of the operation this couldn't be...  more »
  • Great Museum run by passionate staff. We really enjoyed our tour. It has nothing in common with the usual museum
  • An absolute must if you have any interest medicine/Cardiology. A very special little museum run by passionate people.

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