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First human heart transplant: How it all began… The drama of the world’s first human heart transplant, led by Professor Christiaan Neethling Barnard, played out within the walls of the Charles Saint Theatre, at Groote Schuur Hospital on the 3rd December 1967. The human heart transplant, one of the greatest moments in medical history, was made possible by an extraordinary interplay of scientific dedication; human courage and generosity and a timely chain of events. Today, The Heart of Cape Town Museum honours all those who played a major role in the surgical feat that pushed the boundaries of science, into the dawn of a new medical era, an era in which it became possible to transplant the symbol of the essence of life, our human heart.



Entrance 3 Groote Schuur Hospital Main Road Observatory Cape Town


Business Hours

Guided Tours Daily: 09:00,11:00,13:00,15:00



Best to pre-book


Normal Ticket Prices

Adult: R300 Child: R150


Our Offer

FREE Single Entry (guided tour)



+27 21 404 1967