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Why do infectious diseases emerge where they do?

What makes them spread so quickly?

Where do we look for the next one?

Our planet is connected more than ever before: by global travel, trade, technology, and even our viruses. Join us in learning how people fight epidemics - even before they start! You’ll explore the connections between human, animal, and environmental health, dive into case studies and personal experiences from epidemic fighters from around the globe, discover how outbreaks have affected the Greater Houston Area, and engage in games that challenge you to identify and contain an outbreak.

The Smithsonian Institution exhibit Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World opened at The Health Museum on October 5.

Take a virtual tour through the Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World exhibit, courtesy of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

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You can support our efforts to empower healthier living in the community and inspire the next generation of researchers, innovators, and health care professionals with your very own Biohazard t-shirt.

About the Biohazard Symbol

The international biohazard symbol was developed by Dow Chemical Company in the 1960s to label biological substances that pose a threat to the health of humans and other living organisms.

Together, we hope to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Click Here for information regarding COVID-19 protective measures.

In Case You Missed It...

You can watch the March 14 Coffee and Conversations live stream event below.

Also, tune in below as Senior Director of Guest Services, Becky Seabrook talks with Dr. Scott Weaver and Dr. Heather Wooten to discuss the history of pandemics and what it means for our future.

Other Exhibits


Arizona State University student and photographer Devin Mitchell created the Veteran Vision Project to capture the diversity of veterans and their experiences.


Breathe in. Breathe out. Air pollutants are substances in the air that can have a negative effect on our health. Your Body, Your Air explores four common types of air pollutants and their sources in the Houston area, as well as the effect these pollutants have on our bodies and our communities.

Together we can work towards healthier air, healthier bodies, and healthier communities.


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 designed to bilingually introduce biology-based science to the public and inspire future scientists and leaders in the medical field.
Masks will continue to be required in the DeBakey Cell Lab.