Beaufort West Museum
Beaufort West became the first municipality in South Africa in February, 1837 and had the first town hall in the country. Today this forms part of the museum and houses a magnificent display of awards presented to surgeon Professor Chris Barnard who performed the world’s first heart transplant in 1967.
The Beaufort West Museum consists of three buildings. The little yellow church is the Dutch Reformed Mission Church which was built in 1871. This is the church in which the Reverend Adam Barnard, father of Professor Chris Barnard, world heart transplant pioneer, preached. The museum houses an exhibition of the life and achievements of the towns well known son, Christiaan Neethling Barnard (Chris Barnard).
You can also visit the house next door in which the Barnard family lived. Professor Barnard’s ashes have been interred in the garden.
The Old Town Hall displays fascinating elements from earlier architectural styles.