Get ready for a unique adventure at The Health Museum! Located in the heart of Houston, our museum offers a range of immersive and engaging experiences to make your field trip unique and memorable.
What’s Included in a Field Trip
- Walk through the Amazing Body Gallery
- Explore our traveling exhibit – Drugs: Costs & Consequences, recommended for grades 4th & up
- Flex your mental muscles with Brain Teasers, a collection of interactive puzzles that encourage problem-solving
- Hands-on interaction or experiments to elevate your understanding of medical science, see add-on activities below or see our field trip guide
Field Trip Pricing
|School or homeschool groups
|Title I schools*
*The museum requires a ratio of 1 chaperone per every 10 students, required chaperones will be admitted free of charge, each additional chaperone is $8 per person
Live Dissection Demonstrations
Suitable for all ages
45 mins, $50/session
Take a seat inside the McGovern theater and follow a live dissection of a cow eye or a sheep heart performed by one of the Museum science educators.
Each demonstration hosts up to 120 students.
Suitable for PK – 12th
45-60 mins, $6-$12/student
Under the guidance of a science educator, students will learn about the structure and function of major organs, while getting an up-close look at some very unique animal adaptations.
- DIY Owl Pellet PK-3rd • ($6/student)
- DIY Cow Eye Dissection • 3rd-12th ($8/student)
- DIY Sheep Heart • 6th-12th ($12/student)
- DIY Sheep Kidney • 6th-12th ($12/student)
Healthy Adventure: Early Childhood
30-45 mins, $3-$5/student
|Healthy Habits is an engaging and interactive hands-on class designed to empower children with essential skills for lifelong well-being. Through creative arts and craft activities, students will learn how physical fitness and nutrition play a part in maintaining a healthy heart and body.
|In this fun, interactive hands-on class designed exclusively for young learners, the focus is aimed at instilling the importance of good hygiene habits. Students will learn how to develop routines that promote good health and hygiene!
|Go on a wild ride inside and out to discover the secrets of the amazing human anatomy, from your brain’s brilliance to your heart’s rhythmic dance, uncover the mysteries that keep your body bustling 24/7.
|The Poop-Tastic Adventure
|Get ready for some sassy science, and talk human poop, animal poop, and how we can keep our digestive systems healthy. Learn fun scientific facts while making poop slime!
Discovery Labs: Clinical Case Labs
60 mins, $8/student
|Brain & the Science of Addiction
|Did you know that chronic exposure to drugs reduces and desensitizes the brain’s dopamine receptors, which feeds the craving for drugs? Take an in-depth exploration into the brain, neurotransmitters, and the science behind addiction. Students will have the opportunity to interact with the Synthetic Cadaver − a high-fidelity medical simulation model of a human body.
|Mysteries of the Cardiovascular & Respiratory System
|This unique program invites participants to dive deep into the intricacies of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems through a captivating case study. Students will also have the opportunity to interact with our Synthetic Cadaver, enhancing their hands-on learning experience.
Discovery Labs: Amazing Body Labs
60 mins, $10-$12/student
|This class equips students with essential knowledge and skills in cardiopulmonary resuscitation skills — commonly known as CPR. Students will be taught a fundamental understanding of the human heart, basic cardiovascular information, and the ability to confidently perform chest compressions.
(Please note that this course is not a certified CPR class but focuses on teaching chest compressions and basic CPR techniques to foster confidence and interest in emergency situations.)
|This lab offers a dynamic and practical experience in the art of wound closure. Students learn to handle various suturing instruments, understand different suture materials, and master suturing methods suitable for different wound types.
|Students delve into the art and science of splinting. Under the guidance of experienced science educators, students learn to assess injuries, understand the principles of immobilization, and create custom splints tailored to individual patient needs.
Cell Lab Experiments
20-40 mins, $5/student
Get up close and personal with cells in the DeBakey Cell Lab. Students suit up with lab coats, gloves, and goggles and experiment with a variety of lab techniques and lab equipment. All lab experiments are available in English and Spanish.
- All groups must be accompanied by an adult chaperon
- 2 experiments per group visit
Grades 2nd & Up
DNA Extraction | 15-20 mins
See long, stringy DNA strands after breaking down cell membranes of a wheat germ.
Cheek Cells | 15-20 mins
Stain and examine a small sample of your cheek cells under a microscope.
Grades 4th & Up
Examining Blood | 30 mins
Make, stain, and look at a sheep blood smear through a microscope to appreciate different types of blood cells, RBCs, WBCs, and platelets (along with human blood smear samples available in the lab).
Antimicrobial Agents | 20-25 mins
Determine which common antimicrobial products are the most effective in killing bacteria.
Grades 8th & Up
Mystery Microbes | 30-45 mins
Identify living bacteria cultures using chemical tests, stains, and a microscope.
Giant Chromosomes | 40 mins
Stain DNA, learn to examine the DNA in tightly packed chromosomes under a microscope.
Eligibility & Requirements
- Each bus needs to have a minimum of 30 students to be eligible for the voucher reimbursement (up to $500).
- Schools are responsible for reserving their own field trip transportation.
- Once your trip date is confirmed, please request the invoice to be sent to The Health Museum for the cost of the bus.
How do I reserve a field trip?
Complete and submit the online reservation form. After your reservation request is submitted, if the date requested is available, an invoice will be emailed to the contact person submitting this form within five
(5) business days.
How do I pay for my field trip?
Field trip reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. A non-refundable deposit of $50 must be received 2 weeks after your reservation has been confirmed, to ensure your field trip date is secured. The non-refundable deposit is credited towards the total balance due. Reservations without paid deposits within two weeks will be canceled. A non-refundable deposit is not required if the reservation is paid in full within two weeks.
Payments can be made by credit card or check. Please make checks payable to “The Health Museum”, and include your invoice/sales order ID number. You may drop off your check at the museum or mail it to:
The Health Museum – Reservations Department
1515 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004
Final payments are due no later than 14 business days before your field trip. Reservations without paid balances will be canceled. If you are reserving a field trip within 14 business of your visit, the reservation must be paid in full upon receiving your confirmation.
If scheduling multiple reservations, a separate payment is required for each date reserved. If checks include more than one reservation payment, it will not be accepted.
Any chaperones not included in the reservation and paying separately will pay the regular museum admission. Museum memberships and guest passes/vouchers are not valid for field trip entrance.
If add-on labs are reserved with a field trip, and the full payment is not received 20 business days before the scheduled field trip, an educator cannot be guaranteed and the lab will be canceled.
Can I make changes to my reservation?
- Rescheduling or changes can be made until 14 business days before your scheduled field trip. Changes must be made in writing via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Schools bringing fewer students than reserved will be given general admission vouchers for each student who is paid for but not attending; no monetary refunds will be given.
- Schools bringing more students than reserved will be expected to pay for the additional students and chaperones upon arrival. Space is not guaranteed, and accommodations will be made based on availability.
- Vouchers, gift passes, Museum memberships, and general admission tickets cannot be used to pay for field trip reservations.
What if I need to cancel my field trip?
- Cancellations must be received in writing by e-mail within at least 14 business days prior to the scheduled field trip date.
- Any “no-shows” or schools that fail to cancel within 14 business days prior to the scheduled field trip will be billed for the full contracted amount of the reservation.
How many chaperones can I bring?
- We require that K-12 schools bring one chaperone for every ten students. The required chaperones will receive complimentary general admission.
- Each additional chaperone will be charged the adult group rate of $8.
- Chaperones or parents who arrive and pay independently of the group will be charged the regular adult admission rate of $10.
Where do buses drop off and pick up students?
Bus pick-up and drop-off are on La Branch Street at the group entrance of The Health Museum. Bus parking is not available along La Branch St., but limited bus parking is available along other streets in the Museum District. For The Health Museum, we recommend trying to park your bus along Crawford Street next to the museum. Please give your bus driver this information so all our guests can safely arrive and depart.
Where do individual vehicles park?
If you will be arriving in individual vehicles, parking is available in our surface lot for $8 per vehicle.
Can we eat lunch at The Health Museum?
We do not have an onsite lunch facility, or an area for students to eat lunch. However, many groups bring a picnic lunch and eat across the street at Hermann Park or McGovern Centennial Gardens before or after their scheduled field trip. If you plan on attending the museum for more than 2 hours, please inform reservations in advance so that accommodations can be made.
Can I preview The Health Museum before our field trip?
We welcome all teachers to visit the Museum in advance of their scheduled field trip. We recommend attending a Teacher Tour or just visiting to find out what the Museum has to offer and how to use it in your classroom. We would also be happy to attend a faculty meeting or parent organization meeting to present our programs.
As a current member, will my FIELD TRIP reservation HAVE any additional discounts?
Memberships cannot be used for additional discounts on school field trips or group visits. For additional information please contact Reservations at email@example.com.
How can I plan my trip prior to my visit?
Complete required school documentation (field trip permission forms, transportation forms, etc.). Secure chaperones, including the required emergency chaperone, for the trip and ensure that they are aware of arrival and departure times. Confirm your final headcount. Chaperones not included in the reservation and paying separately will pay the regular museum admission rate. And review field trip educator guide.
Day Before Your Field Trip
Assign student groups to chaperones (10 students per one chaperone required). Confirm the required contingency chaperone is ready with their own transportation.
Day of Field Trip: Arrival
Museum doors will open at 10:00 a.m. Please let bus drivers know to drop off the students and chaperones on La Branch St. NOTE: We do not provide school bus or motor coach parking. If you are running late for any reason, please contact the Visitor’s Service Desk at 713-521-1515.
Day of Field Trip: During Your Visit
- All tours are self-guided.
- Chaperones must remain with their students throughout the visit and are responsible for their group’s behavior.
- For everyone’s safety, no running or rough play is permitted. Please emphasize the importance of using inside voices while within the museum.
- If your group visits the museum’s gift store, please note that a maximum of 5 students (accompanied by a chaperone) are allowed at a time.
- We want our visitors to enjoy their experience at The Health Museum and expect all groups to respect other visitors. If these guidelines are not followed, you may be asked to leave the museum. If this occurs, you will not be refunded for your visit.
Day of Field Trip: Departure
When your group is ready to depart, please call for your bus only when your entire group is at the bus pick-up area and ready to leave.
We thank you for joining us at The Health Museum. Have fun!
Eveline AmadorReservations Coordinatorreservations@thehealthmuseum.org713-337-8451
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