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The Health Museum, Houston

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3.1/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web
The John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science, or The Health Museum in short, is a museum in the Museum District of Houston, Texas. The museum is a member institution of the Texas Medical Center. As of 2012 the museum gets over 180,000 annual visitors, including 22,000 schoolchildren who visit the facility during organized field trips.HistoryThe Museum of Medical Science opened in the Houston Museum of Natural Science opened on November 16, 1969, and it remained there for 21 years. The current museum facility opened on March 16, 1996 as The Museum of Health & Medical Science. The building housing the museum, the John P. McGovern Building, was funded with a $9.5 million capital campaign. Since the opening, the museum has processed over two million visitors. In late 2001 the museum's board of trustees unanimously voted to rename the museum after John P. McGovern. The museum revamped its brand in 2006, as part of the 10th anniversary in the standalone facility. The new branding included a shortened name ("The Health Museum") and a new logo. As of 2006 the museum received 175,000 annual visitors.A 2011 renovation included the addition of 3,300 SF of exhibition space to the southwest side of the museum with a metal-panel facade and 1,500 SF of additional interior renovations.
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  • This museum is great for children and adults, but we quickly made the turn. Everything is very playful, you learn a lot while having fun.
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  • At first we thought what's a 'Health Museum'. Turns out it's fun. Very interactive, nice exhibits for the kids and good learning opportunities. It's small so you don't need a ton of time to visit. Pla...  read more »
  • I really didn't think I would like it so much. I played brain games and got to learn about the human body in new and creative ways. Great for kids, awesome for adults! 
  • Love the health museum and it's so nice of them to have it for free on thursday, my kids enjoy it so much, it's so much to do around hermann park, we walk from the zoo to the museum, by the way it's free from 2pm to 7pm.
  • Lots of interactive exhibits, puzzles, and informational text to read. Was planning on visiting the DeBakey lab but it closed at five. Visit on the free days.
  • I can't believe I hadn't come here before with my kids! This was a great place to learn about the body. My kids loved it!
  • went on free musuem day, parking outside is laid for. But very cool and educational
  • Lots to do with children and adults! Definitely had fun in the lab and the 4D Planet You. We stayed for 4 1/2 hours and didn't venture everything. Definitely going back!
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