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 theatre is a fully authentic representation of the pioneering operation.
The fascinating and very emotive 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. Our guides place the first heart transplant within the context of decades of international research and explore the ethical and religious issues surrounding the definition of the moment of death.
The museum is housed in the Old Building of the historic Groote Schuur hospital which is not only the home of the world's first heart transplant, but is still a pioneering medical facility connected to the University of Cape Town Faculty of Medicine.
Certainly an experience not to be missed!