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Inspiring Passion for Health

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In the heart of Houston, the Health Museum inspires passion and curiosity in health, the medical sciences and the human body. With over 2.5 million visitors, we are the most interactive and popular science learning center of its kind and a favorite among Houstonians.

The Health Museum is committed to excellence in innovative and interactive health and science educational experiences such as:

  • A larger than life journey through the human body
  • New and exciting traveling exhibits
  • Real organ dissections  
  • Science mini-classes and mini-med schools
  • Health fairs and community outreach
  • Family science labs
  • School field trips
  • Home school classes and programs
  • Scout programs
  • Summer camps

In addition to our permanent exhibits, the Amazing Body Gallery and You: The Exhibit, other attractions include the McGovern 4D Theater, the Sue Trammell Whitfield Gallery, for seasonal exhibits, and learning centers. The museum offers affordable membership rates for individuals and families. Visitors enjoy shopping for unique gifts at the museum's Amazing Body Store.

History

  • As a result of the 1962 "Victory Over Polio" campaign, sponsored by the Harris County Medical Society and the Junior Chamber of Commerce, a citizens committee consisting of George Morse, Oveta Culp Hobby, Morgan Davis and Gail Whitcomb recommended that permanent health exhibits be constructed for public display. With funds raised through public contributions to the polio immunization program, along with contributions from physicians and a grant from Houston Endowment Inc., the Harris County Medical Society initiated plans to construct public health education exhibits.
  • On November 16, 1969, the museum came to life as the “Museum of Medical Science” in the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Over the next 21 years, museum patrons enjoyed exhibits and outreach programs, helping fulfill the need for quality health information and education. Building a separate institution dedicated to health education had been a dream of the museum's founders for many years. Following a successful $9.5 million capital campaign, the magnificent John P. McGovern Building was built in the heart of Houston's Museum District. The Museum of Health & Medical Science opened its doors on March 16, 1996.
  • In late 2001, the museum's Board of Trustees recognized the unparalleled contribution of Dr. John P. McGovern to the museum's success. Upon the trustees' unanimous vote, the museum was renamed the John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science.
  • In 2006, the Museum celebrated its tenth anniversary and launched a new brand, including a fresh logo.
  • On January 27, 2007, the museum opened the Sue Trammell Whitfield Galery, a 6,000 square foot space where traveling exhibits from around the country are displayed.
  • On June 7, 2008 , the museum opened its first new permanent exhibit gallery since 1996, You: The Exhibit, an interactive exhibit that explores the who, what, when, how and why of you. And just three months later, on September 5, we debuted Houston's first 4D Theater, the McGovern Theater.
  • August 7, 2009, the museum, in partnership with the Museum of Science, Boston, marked the first time that two science centers collaborated to produce an original, science-based, digital 3D film for a museum-focused audience. Planet You 3D is a journey in the microscopic world of creatures that live and thrive on your skin.
  • In May 2011, the museum completed an expansion that included an addition of learning centers and an expanded museum Grand Hall, transforming both the physical and experiential footprint of the museum for educational and institutional audiences.
  • On March 27, 2015, The Health Museum opened the DeBakey Cell Lab, its first permanent exhibit in five years. The DeBakey Cell Lab is a unique science-focused experiences and the only bilingual science lab museum exhibit in the country. Honorably named after the respected and accomplished medical pioneer, Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., this 2,000 sq. ft. exhibit features seven authentic biology-based science experiments developed for visitors ages 7 to adult.
  • In March 2016 The Health Museum will celebrate its 20th anniversary.

The Health Museum is dedicated to becoming an even greater vehicle for families to understand their bodies, take proactive measures to be healthy, live longer and begin to counteract the rapidly rising costs of managing health.

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A fee of $5.00 will be added for each additional child. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Groups bringing children, age 3-18, will be allowed one free chaperone per ten children. Each additional chaperone must pay the Adult price.

The DeBakey Cell Lab

Gear up with a lab coat, gloves and goggles and travel through experiment stations in both English and Spanish that get you up close and personal with cellular biology. Add the Lab to your group visit for an additional $5 per person

Gifts

We have souvenir bags available in our Amazing Body Store. They are a $6.50 value for only $4 per child. This is a fun and efficient way for children to take home souvenirs. Our gift bags contain a logo pencil, a syringe pen, a brain-teaser puzzle, and a very funny kid pleasing nose pencil sharpener. Please indicate if you would like to add this value to your reservation.

A $50 non-refundable deposit is required once you receive your reservation via email. Your reservation cannot be confirmed until this payment is received. The balance is due one week prior to your scheduled visit. The museum accepts payment in the form of cashier’s check, school check, cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. The museum does not accept purchase orders. Please call the Reservations Department at 713-337-8451 with a credit card number or mail a check to: The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Drive, Houston, Texas 77004 Attn: Reservations.

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Contact the Reservations Coordinator at 713-337-8451 or at reservations@thehealthmuseum.org

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1515 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004

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