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Heart of Cape Town Museum Tours

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Heart of Cape Town Museum
This Cape Town museum is at the site of the first human heart transplant, Groote Schuur Hospital. The Heart of Cape Town Museum is in the still-working hospital, in the actual rooms where that heart transplant took place in December 1967.
 
The Basics
Exhibits include information on the man who received the heart transplant (Louis Washkansky), the woman whose heart was donated (Denise Darvall), and the doctor (Christiaan Barnard) who performed the surgery. There are 2-hour guided tours four times a day. Free entry comes with the Cape Town City Pass, and visits are included in some sightseeing tours, such a full-day tour that visits the museum in the morning and a wine farm in the afternoon.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Heart of Cape Town Museum is a must-visit for those interested in medical history and science.
  • There is an admission fee; it’s half price for South Africans.
  • If you want to join a guided tour, you should reserve your place in advance as they can fill up.
 
How to Get There
Heart of Cape Town is in the suburb of Observatory. It’s about a 15-minute drive from the V&A Waterfront, and (for a fee) the museum can arrange hotel transfers for you. If you are traveling by Metrorail, the nearest station is Observatory (on the Southern Line), a 15-minute walk away.
 
When to Get There
The museum is open every day from 9am to 5pm. Guided tours leave at 9am, 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. Additionally, special pre-arranged tours are available at 5pm. During weekdays, the museum can be crowded with groups of school children.
 
The Tour
The guided tour reveals the background stories of the surgeon, Christiaan Barnard, and his patient, Louis Washkansky. It also addresses the ethical issues that arose at the time of the transplant. Highlights of the tour include a model of Barnard's office and a re-creation of the surgery in the actual operating theaters where it occurred. After visiting Washkansky's recovery room, visitors can be assisted by tour guides to register as organ donors.

Address: Groote Schuur Hospital, Groote Schuur Dr, Observatory, Cape Town 7925, South Africa
Admission: Varies
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Skip the Line: The Heart of Cape Town Museum Admission Ticket

Skip the Line: The Heart of Cape Town Museum Admission Ticket

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Have an educational Cape Town experience with a difference by visiting the Heart of Cape Town Museum. The museum is dedicated to the world's first successful heart transplant, which took place in Cape Town in 1967. By booking in advance, you can skip the ticket line and arrange to be picked up from around Cape Town CBD.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Cape Town City Pass including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Transport

Cape Town City Pass including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Transport

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Plan your trip to Cape Town ahead of time by purchasing the Cape Town City Pass, which includes more than 70 of the city's top attractions and experiences. Depending on your schedule and budget, choose from a 2-, 3-, or 5-day pass, all of which come with a pocket guidebook and access to a digital app with maps and information. The pass also includes transportation on the city sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour bus, which makes it easy to get around town.
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  • 2 to 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Full Day Cape Town City Bowl and Table MountainTour.

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Private Full Day Cape Town City Bowl and Table MountainTour.

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Get to know South Africa's 'Mother City' on a private Cape Town and Table Mountain tour. Visit some of the city's most historic sights and attractions including South Africa's oldest building, the Castle of Good Hope; the District Six Museum, which tells the story of the residents' forced displacement during apartheid; and Greenmarket Square, where slaves were once sold. Enjoy a revolving cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain for spectacular panoramic views.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Cape Town Pass: Free Entry to Cape Town's Top Attractions & Experiences

Cape Town Pass: Free Entry to Cape Town's Top Attractions & Experiences

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Combine access to more than 35 of the top attractions in Cape Town with this single pass. Buying the Cape Town City Pass in advance means you'll save tons of time standing in line to buy tickets at each attraction. You can choose a 1-. 2-, 3-, or 5-day pass to suit your schedule and budget. Attractions include the Table Mountain Cableway, a 1-day hop-on hop-off transport ticket, and admission to many museums and attractions.
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Cape Town Like a Local: District 6 & Woodstock Private Tour

Cape Town Like a Local: District 6 & Woodstock Private Tour

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This informative tour pairs you up with a local for a jaunt around some of Cape Town’s neighborhoods. Starting in District Six, learn how the apartheid regime forcibly removed 60,000 black residents during the 1970s and what the culture there is like today. You’ll also explore the fast-evolving Woodstock neighborhood, visit a local bakery and enjoy a beer tasting along the way.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Full day Cape Point Tour

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This full day Cape Point tour is an excellent way to see many scenic coastal highlights in a short space of time. You won’t have to worry about navigating and organizing transport as central hotel pickup and drop-off is included. You’ll travel in a small group and hear live commentary along the way so you won’t miss any highlights. Top attractions you’ll pass include Clifton and Camps Bay beaches, 12 Apostles Peak, Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak, Cape Point, and Boulder’s Beach.
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Should I book Heart of Cape Town Museum tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Heart of Cape Town Museum can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 5 Heart of Cape Town Museum tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Heart of Cape Town Museum 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Heart of Cape Town Museum costs USD 18.65. Guided Heart of Cape Town Museum tours start around USD 18.65 per person. See all 5 Heart of Cape Town Museum tickets and tours on Viator.
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