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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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  • 16 year old interested in science dragged me here ....and we had a wonderful day! We spent most of our time at the Debakey Cell Lab doing science experiments together, we even managed to extract DNA i...  more »
  • This is one of the best Museums in Houston. The adults probably loved it more than the children. Lots of interactive things to do. The exhibits are always awesome.  more »
  • It used to be a good Museum. Today it is closed more than half and charge you a price to enter. Not worth coming. It was pulled money away
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  • It was okay. I liked the interactivity; however, several of the exhibits were not operational. Some exhibits required an additional fee. Also, it would've been nice to find out how to successfully complete the brain teasers. This place has so much potential. With the right changes, it can achieve a 5-star rating.
  • We went on family free night Thursday. 2-7. It was packes but very manageable. The entire staff is polite && well trained. There's not structure for lines to explore hands on but you'll get your turn. Fun Fun while learning. Only 1 floor is open. . very quick.
  • The information alone is a great reason to love this place. The body is alive and interactive at the same time. Be sure to consult the times before going because they close at 5pm normally. And while there are some free exhibit here, consider the membership which is probably the cheapest in town. If you park in the lot, you pay for parking inside (less than $5), members park free and see all exhibit free.
  • A bit hidden, but so happy I discovered this place. Saw Body Worlds here recently, which was fascinating, but was happy to find they also have a number of other cool exhibits. Our group definitely enjoyed the brain teasers, and as a grad student I was impressed with their hands-on laboratory area. Really cool way for people to see what we do every day!!
  • It was kinda interesting just because I've never been. But it was real small there want a lot for you to look at. It was only 1 floor that you were able to go look at.

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