The Health Museum provides an exceptional venue to host your next corporate party, lecture or networking reception. Opened to the public in March 1996, this classically styled building is located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District and adjacent to the Texas Medical Center. Our facility of approximately 28,000-square-feet offers a multitude of rental space options to meet your needs for special event rentals.
Making a reservation
Reservations for special events must be made no less than 3 weeks in advance. The special events manager will issue a contract that must be signed and returned with the required deposit prior to the event date.
A temporary hold can be placed on the event space for up to three weeks, but the space is not considered reserved until a signed contract and deposit have been received. If the contract and deposit are not received by the special events manager within that three week period, the hold will be released.
Making payments and deposits
A deposit of $500 or 50% of the event cost (if rental amount is less than $1000) is required to reserve the space. The remainder of the event cost must be paid on or before the event date. If any changes are made to the agreement during the event, the client is responsible for paying the difference within 10 business days of the event.
Deposits may be made by check or credit card and are non-refundable. All checks should be made out to The Health Museum. Credit card information must be supplied to the special events manager.
If full payment cannot be made prior to the event date, please contact the special events manager.
Using outside vendors
Clients are welcome to use outside vendors for décor or catering. All arrangements must be made by the client and approved by the special events manager. Delivery and set-up times must be arranged in advance of the day of the event. All deliveries must go to the loading dock entrance, or to an entrance designated by the special events manager.
Clients are responsible for all vendors contracted for the event.
Set-up and Tear Down
All clients must check in with the special events manager upon arrival. Set-up cannot begin until 5 p.m. when the Museum closes to the public.
No signage or décor is allowed to be hung from the ceiling or attached to the museum walls.
All outside rentals must be removed immediately following the event. No overnight storage will be allowed. At the conclusion of the event, the client and/or caterer must perform a walk-through of the facility with the special events manager.
Tables, Chairs and Décor
The Health Museum rental does not include tables, chairs or linens. The Health Museum does not provide staff to move tables, chairs, props, electrical/staging equipment, decorations, etc.
After Hours Events
For events occurring after 5 p.m., The Health Museum requires security at an additional cost to the client. The number of officers required for the event is determined by the special events manager and will be booked through The Health Museum. The special events manager must be notified of any private security.
Audio Visual costs
Discuss any audio/visual needs with the special events manager in advance. Some set-up may require an additional fee. If any changes are made to the agreement, that include audio/visual, after the signed contract has been submitted, the client is responsible for the additional costs.
What is Not Allowed at the Museum
The museum prohibits the following: fire arms, live animals, fog, special effects smoke, helium balloons in the Grand Hall space, and open flames. Confetti, birdseed, rice or other small items may not be thrown inside the museum. However, flower petals and birdseed may be thrown outside.
The museum premises may not be used for any unlawful, illegal or immoral purposes as determined by The Health Museum in its sole discretion. Clients shall comply with all laws, ordinances, orders, rules and regulations (state, federal, municipal and other agencies or bodies having jurisdiction over the Museum premises) relating to the use, condition, or occupancy of the Museum.
Responsibility for Damage
All clients are responsible for any damage that occurs during their event time, including set-up and tear down time, and including damage caused by their guests or any vendors. Damage costs will be assessed by the Museum and charged to the client.
Cancellations or Changes
If a client needs to cancel any event for any reason, he/she must contact the special events manager as soon as possible. If the cancellation is made 10 business days or more before the event date, only the money paid that is not part of the deposit will be refunded.
To reserve your space, or learn additional information, please contact:
Director, Marketing & Communications
713-521-1515, ext. 332 or