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If you had the resources to accomplish something great in the world, what would you do?

A timely question for our community, which has just suffered the worst flooding disaster in American history. 

Warren Buffet posed this challenge to his son, Howard G. Buffett, who set out to help the most vulnerable people on earth—nearly a billion individuals who lack basic food security.  That journey was documented in a remarkable photo exhibition called 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World opening September 9 at The Health Museum.


Now - January 1, 2018

In this powerful exhibit featuring the photography of Howard G. Buffett, 40 photographs document the world hunger crisis as part of a global awareness campaign. Traveling to more than 137 countries, Buffett turned his camera lens on the powerful forces that fuel hunger and poverty. A philanthropist and farmer, Buffett believes that each of us has about 40 chances to accomplish our life goals, just as farmers have about 40 growing seasons to improve their harvests. His photography is a call to action to find lasting solutions to the world hunger crisis.

Activities, Education and Programs

1. Food from Around the World

Try your hand at surviving on some of the world's weirdest food.

Pack for a family of four to survive in extreme conditions and still meet the daily nutritional requirements!

2. Origami Gardening

Hunger means more than just missing a meal. Hunger is crisis that has nearly  700 million people in its grip.  

Fact:  18% of Harris County residents are living in food insecure homes.  

Do something!

Start your own garden and share the harvest with your friends, neighbors and those in need.

Facing the facts

The face of hunger is the starving girl in Niger, one of the world’s poorest countries, and it's an aging military veteran in the United States, one of the world’s wealthiest countries in the world.

3. Clear! Clean! & Consumable!

Learning to make a water filter is valuable survival skill!

Fact:  Each day, nearly 1,000 children die due to preventable water and sanitation-related diseases.


Access to 40 CHANCES: FINDING HOPE IN A HUNGRY WORLD is included with the price of general admission at The Health Museum.

“40 CHANCES: Finding Hope in a Hungry World” was developed by the Newseum in collaboration with Howard G. Buffett Foundation

The Newseum, headquartered in Washington, D.C., promotes, explains and defends free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment.


The Howard G. Buffett Foundation is the exclusive sponsor of the “40 CHANCES: Finding Hope in a Hungry World” exhibit.

Howard G. Buffett Foundation
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What people are saying

A different perspective was introduced to my students during their time at the museum. The focus on Heath care professions gives them an idea on what is out there in real world as a future professional option.

J. Yosyula

Well organized, Safe environment, nice staff. The kids learned a lot of new information about the human body and loved visiting the exhibits.

Marie Alva

Museum camps enabled my grandchild to learn many facts about the brain and have a hands-on experience. She also made new friends. A good way to start summer vacation.

D. Henson

Other Exhibits


September 30 - January 1, 2018

Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering, an engaging exhibition, shows how we all can use our ingenuity to build body replacements, develop brain-machine interfaces, and engineer unique assistive tools that push human potential beyond limits.


Currently featured film: The beauty of human skin in every color

Run Time: 11 minutes 27 seconds


DeBakey Cell Lab

You don’t need to be a scientist to enter, but you’ll feel like one when you leave! Gear up with a lab coat, gloves and goggles and travel through experiment stations in both English and Spanish.


Take a larger-than-life walking tour through the human body and learn more about how your major organs work in this permanent exhibit.