The Heart of Cape Town Museum

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.

First Human Heart Transplant

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.

Stunning Interactive Museum

The human heart transplant, one of the greatest moments in medical history, was made possible by an extraordinary interplay of scientific dedication; human courage, generosity and can now be experienced on our Virtual Tour.



Groote Schuur Hospitaal, Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town

Phone Number

+27 (021) 404 1967