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. Find out more about the behind the scene moments of the first human heart transplant.


Dear friends and fans of the Heart of Cape Town Museum, due to the ongoing COVID 19 outbreak we will be taking a little break from operating daily tours. The museum will be closed in effort to protect public health during this time, and will reopen at a later stage. You can still learn more about the extraordinary event of the first human heart transplant on our website, and we look forward to seeing everyone again soon!

Stay safe, the Heart of Cape Town Museum team ❤️

doctors operating

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. This museum offers a insightful look into the day the first heart transplant took place.

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. Book your tour today to see where the world’s first successful heart transplant took place.

Cape Town

Important Information for Booking a Tour:

  • We offer Guided Tours only, no walk-abouts
  • Group Bookings are essential
  • We recommend you contact us directly in advance of your visit, either via phone or email, to check availability and to prevent disappointment as tours fill up quickly
  • The 17:00 tour is by appointment only and must be booked 48 hours in advance
  • If you book through 3rd party websites offering tickets to our museum, please note that you still need to contact us directly to check availability.


Groote Schuur Hospitaal, Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town

Phone Number

+27 (021) 404 1967