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Please excuse our dust- we will be changing our exhibits: SEPTEMBER 19-29.

  • Members FREE
  • Children under 3 FREE
  • Children (ages 3-12) $8
  • Adults $10
  • Seniors (65+) $8
  • Masks will continue to be required in the DeBakey Cell Lab

Please pay for parking at the Ticket Desk in The Health Museum during museum hours.
You must have a token to exit the parking lot.
Parking $8
Members $5

DeBakey Cell Lab

Masks are required in the DeBakey Cell Lab.

Tickets are available on Thursdays, between 11:00 am and 7:00 pm (last ticket sold at 6:00 pm). Please check back soon for updated dates and times.
If you have questions about your tickets, please contact

Not a member?

A membership at The Health Museum provides you access to a real body of knowledge that includes interactive and educational experiences for the whole family!


You don’t need to be a scientist to enter, but you’ll feel like one when you leave!

Gear up with a lab coat, gloves, and goggles and travel through experiment stations that get you up close and personal with cellular biology (available in both English and Spanish)!

This hands-on exhibit is $3 for current members and an additional $5 per person for non-members with the purchase of general admission to The Health Museum. Your Cell Lab admission ticket permits access up to 3 of the 7 lab stations per visit.

Named after the respected and accomplished cardiovascular surgeon and medical pioneer, Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, this interactive bilingual lab experience is designed to make biology-based science experiments accessible to the public and inspire future scientists and science-lab leaders in the medical field.

Lab Hours and Pricing

We look forward to cell-ebrating science with you all summer long!







SUNDAY 1:00PM-5:00PM (*4PM)

The Health Museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The Health Museum closes at 3:00 pm on Thanksgiving Eve, 3:00 pm on Christmas Eve and 3:00 pm on New Year's Eve
(*) Last ticket sold
Admission Prices


$3 per person


$5 per person

Because of the presence of chemicals, glassware, and bacteria all guests ages 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult. It is also required that all guests be ages 7 and above in order to participate in The DeBakey Cell Lab.

AGES 7 +

DNA Extraction

Isolate and spool DNA from raw wheat germ.
This experiment takes about 15-20 minutes.

Cheek Cells

Find, stain, and examine cheek cells from inside your own mouth.
This experiment takes about 15-20 minutes.

AGES 10 +

Examining Blood

Discover the different parts of blood, look at real blood cells and find out what blood tyoing is all about. This activity involves one to three experiments. Each experiment takes 10-30 minutes.

Testing Antimicrobial Agents

See which antimicrobial agents kill microbes.
This experiment takes about 20-25 minutes.

Enzymes in Saliva

See how your saliva breaks down food.
This experiment takes about 15-20 minutes.

AGES 13 +

Mystery Microbes

Identify living bacteria cultures using chemical tests, stains, and a microscope.
This experiment takes about 30-45 minutes.

Giant Chromosomes

Look at giant chromosomes from fruit flies.
This experiment takes about 25-35 minutes.


Field Trips

Students suit up like a real scientist and get up close and personal with cellular biology.

Discovery Camps

Isolate DNA from wheat germ, test microbial agents, extract and view chromosomes from real fruit flies, and more!

Birthday Parties

Get private access and party like a CELLebrity in The Health Museum’s newest permanent exhibit!


Hands-on, scientific fun for your next group outing!

DeBakey Cell Lab Media Inquiries

For media inquiries, contact Sandra Fernandez


Supported by:

The DeBakey Medical Foundation
George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation
Stedman West Foundation