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The Health Museum, Houston

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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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  • Many of the areas of interest relied on outdated tech, touch screen tech or photo technology that is readily available on an app. The other areas were either too simple to be interesting or boring. Wh...  more »
  • A health museum??? we went here after visiting the Children's Museum across the street my Grandson say it on the local news and wanted to see it WOW!! it was so much fun it is geared for children of a...  more »
  • Really liked it here because the workers are very interesting and accessible explain how are different things.
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  • It's fun and educational for the kids. Adults are better off somewhere else. Thursdays are free but it gets chaotic.
  • My husband and I had a great time here, spent about 4 or 5 hours looking at everything. There's a lot of interactive things, and I enjoyed the included mini movie showings.
  • It was very fun. They had interactive games and brain teasers. They also had a vast set of audio tapes on personal accounts and experiences of people with mental illnesses.
  • Very fun to play around in, as an adult. But I can see it being much more fun for kids! They have an awesome lab for kids to take part in.
  • 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.