The Health Museum
Since Houston is one of the country’s leading medical centers, it makes sense there’s a corresponding Health Museum (1515 Hermann Dr., 713/521-1515, www.mhms.org, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Tues.–Sat., noon–5 p.m. Sun., $6 adults, $5 seniors and children 3–17, occasional fees for traveling exhibits). Located in the Museum District, this modest-sized facility is dedicated to educating visitors (kids, mostly) about the importance of good health.
The museum includes one of the best exhibits in town, the Amazing Body Pavilion, where you can experience a human body by walking through it. Start by entering through the mouth and exploring the various systems and organs via innovative interactive displays. Vocal chords, lung capacity, stomach acids, and blood content are portrayed through games, hands-on activities, and informative models.
The museum also features traveling exhibits related to children’s health issues and a fancy gift shop with fun toys, games, and knickknacks.
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition