TO FOSTER WONDER AND CURIOSITY ABOUT HEALTH, MEDICAL SCIENCE AND THE HUMAN BODY.
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.
In addition to our permanent exhibits, the Amazing Body Gallery and the world-class DeBakey Cell Lab, other attractions include the McGovern Theater, the Sue Trammell Whitfield Gallery for traveling exhibitions, and four Learning Centers for classes, camps, and activities. The museum offers affordable membership rates for individuals and families. Visitors enjoy shopping for unique gifts at the museum's Amazing Body Store.
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.
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