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The Health Museum Opens New Gallery Featuring ‘Brain’ Exhibit; Sue Trammell Whitfield Gallery Will Host Nationally Touring Traveling Exhibits

January 18, 2007

HOUSTON, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ — The John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science, also known as The Health Museum, announced today that a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony will take place for its newly renovated traveling exhibit gallery. The Sue Trammell Whitfield Gallery represents the first major expansion for The Health Museum since its opening in 1996. Made possible by The Fondren Foundation, the new gallery will double the Museum’s traveling exhibit capacity to 6,000-square-feet, making it possible to attract national touring exhibits on the health and medical sciences.

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“The Health Museum is excited to celebrate the grand opening of the Sue Trammell Whitfield Gallery. We are thrilled that the Fondren Foundation has chosen to support the Museum and our future vision and to honor Sue Trammell Whitfield with the naming of the gallery,” explained Museum President and Chief Executive Officer Tadd M. Pullin. “Mrs. Whitfield has been a longtime supporter of the Museum, served on numerous committees, and most recently, served as Chairman of the Board of Directors.”

David Underwood of the Fondren Foundation had this to say, “For many years, Sue Trammell Whitfield has been an advocate of the Museum and has spent countless hours fundraising, serving on committees, chairing events and providing invaluable leadership — this is truly a passion of Sue’s and the Fondren Foundation was proud to ask that the gallery be named in her honor.”

The Sue Trammell Whitfield Gallery represents a strategic direction made by The Health Museum to provide something new and different to visitors each season. The gallery is booked through 2008 with nationally recognized exhibits. The first traveling exhibit to make a Houston premiere in the new gallery will be BRAIN: The World Inside Your Head, a fascinating limited- engagement exhibit for all ages made possible by Pfizer, Inc. and produced by Evergreen Exhibitions in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health. BRAIN: The World Inside Your Head began its run at the Smithsonian and will be open to the Houston public on January 27 and run through May 6, 2007.

Using innovative special effects, hands-on learning activities, video games, optical illusions and interactive displays, BRAIN shows how the brain functions and how, like other parts of the body, it can sometimes malfunction. This fascinating limited-engagement exhibit for all ages provides a hands-on and up-close look at the human body’s most essential and fascinating organ by exploring its development, geography and function. In the process, the exhibition makes brain-related disorders easier to understand.

The Houston presentation of Brain is sponsored by Time Warner Cable and the Hackett Family Foundation.

About The Health Museum

The John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science, also known as The Health Museum, is a member institution of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center and is located in the heart of the Museum District at 1515 Hermann Drive Houston, TX 77004. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children and senior adults. Children under four years of age and Museum members are admitted free. Hours of operation are: Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Visitors can enjoy free admission on FREE Family Thursdays from 2 – 5 p.m. The Museum is closed on Mondays, except for Federal Holidays and during the summer.

For more information about The Health Museum and its programs, please visit http://www.thehealthmuseum.org/ or call (713) 521-1515.

The John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science is an interactive and entertaining science experience for all ages that promotes understanding and appreciation of the human body, mind and spirit and inspires a lifelong commitment to health and wellness.

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