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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

Exploration Place

Inspiring a deeper interest in science

three stars

87.34

300 North McLean Boulevard Wichita, KS 67203
tel: (316) 660-0600   Web Site
EIN: 48-1000295

Board Leadership
Dan Hamel
Chairman

CEO
Jan Luth
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.34 three stars
  Financial 90.24 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 05/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of Exploration Place is to inspire a deeper interest in science through creative and fun experience. Exploration Place is dedicated to providing informal, enjoyable learning experiences with extraordinary resources for exploration for people of all ages. Our exhibits and programs are STEM focus (science, technology, engineering and science.) Permanent exhibits include Exploring Flight and Design, Exploring Our Only Home, Kansas Kids Connect (a pre-school only gallery), The Castle, Kansas in Miniature. We also feature three different traveling exhibits each year. Annual attendance is more than 200,000, and since opening in April 2000, more than 3 million people have visited.

The mission of Exploration Place is to inspire a deeper interest in science through creative and fun experience. Exploration Place is dedicated to providing informal, enjoyable learning experiences with extraordinary resources for exploration for people of all ages. Our exhibits and programs are STEM focus (science, technology, engineering and science.) Permanent exhibits include Exploring Flight and Design, Exploring Our Only Home, Kansas Kids Connect (a pre-school only gallery), The Castle, Kansas in Miniature. We also feature three different traveling exhibits each year. Annual attendance is more than 200,000, and since opening in April 2000, more than 3 million people have visited.

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Financial

four stars

90.24

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 05/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
67.3%
  Administrative Expenses 28.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 5.11
  Program Expenses Growth 9.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Exploration Place on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Exploration Place on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Exploration Place (KS) 87.34 three stars
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose (CA) 98.88 four stars
Kidspace Children's Museum (CA) 91.01 four stars
The Strong National Museum of Play (NY) 87.92 three stars
Port Discovery Children's Museum (MD) 90.97 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $919,550
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $147,307
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $2,033,092
Total Contributions $3,099,949
   Program Service Revenue $1,008,531
Total Primary Revenue $4,108,480
   Other Revenue $1,244,787
TOTAL REVENUE $5,353,267
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,655,059
   Administrative Expenses $1,427,909
   Fundraising Expenses $215,467
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,298,435
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $54,832
   
Net Assets $29,650,486

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Hands-On Exhibits $3,655,059 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 05/01/2019 87.34 three stars
2017-06 06/01/2018 85.53 three stars
2016-06 06/01/2017 82.73 three stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 83.15 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 12/01/2015 81.85 three stars
2014-06 09/01/2015 79.24 two stars
2013-06 06/01/2014 87.16 three stars
2012-06 05/01/2013 79.37 two stars
2011-06 04/01/2012 81.47 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 83.90 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 88.46 three stars
2008-06 08/01/2009 82.50 three stars
2007-06 04/01/2008 77.74 two stars
2006-06 05/01/2007 72.88 two stars
2005-06 06/01/2006 61.72 one star
2004-06 04/01/2005 65.77 one star
2003-06 05/01/2004 83.09 three stars
2002-06 04/15/2003 95.71 four stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 83.28 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 48-1000295
Name in IRS Master File EXPLORATION PLACE INC
NTEE Code A50
NTEE Classification Museum, Museum Activities
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date July, 1985
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$144,638 2.72% Jan Luth President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Exploration Place (KS) 87.34 three stars
Please Touch Museum (PA) 85.58 three stars
The New Children's Museum (CA) 95.35 four stars
Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (MA) 85.96 three stars
The Strong National Museum of Play (NY) 87.92 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Exploration Place
300 North McLean Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203
tel: (316) 660-0600
fax: (316) 660-0670
EIN: 48-1000295

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Board Leadership

Dan Hamel
Chairman

CEO

Jan Luth
President

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