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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Preserving and advancing knowledge of natural science

three stars

88.76

5555 Hermann Park Drive Houston, TX 77030
tel: (713) 639-4629   Web Site
EIN: 74-1036131

Board Leadership
T. Mark Kelly
Chair

CEO
Joel Bartsch
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.76 three stars
  Financial 94.75 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of the Houston Museum of Natural Science shall be to preserve and advance the general knowledge of natural science, to enhance in individuals the knowledge of and delight in natural science and related subjects, and to maintain and promote a museum of the first class. The Museum is a major science learning center with over a half million school children visiting annually, including every fourth grade and seventh grade class in the Houston Independent School District.

The mission of the Houston Museum of Natural Science shall be to preserve and advance the general knowledge of natural science, to enhance in individuals the knowledge of and delight in natural science and related subjects, and to maintain and promote a museum of the first class. The Museum is a major science learning center with over a half million school children visiting annually, including every fourth grade and seventh grade class in the Houston Independent School District.

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Financial

four stars

94.75

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 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)
82.2%
  Administrative Expenses 11.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.23
  Program Expenses Growth 18.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 13.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Houston Museum of Natural Science on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Houston Museum of Natural Science on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Houston Museum of Natural Science (TX) 88.76 three stars
Denver Museum of Nature & Science (CO) 89.70 three stars
High Desert Museum (OR) 96.66 four stars
American Museum of Natural History (NY) 90.92 four stars
Cleveland Museum of Natural History (OH) 92.66 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $21,020,553
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $980,658
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $22,001,211
   Program Service Revenue $16,152,815
Total Primary Revenue $38,154,026
   Other Revenue $3,117,511
TOTAL REVENUE $41,271,537
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $39,442,174
   Administrative Expenses $4,769,053
   Fundraising Expenses $2,521,338
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $46,732,565
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-5,461,028
   
Net Assets $188,178,716

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
Museum Operations $35,965,880 91.2%
Education Programs $3,476,294 8.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 06/01/2020 88.76 three stars
2017-12 04/01/2019 88.66 three stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 88.02 three stars
2015-12 07/01/2017 87.63 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 74-1036131
Name in IRS Master File HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE
NTEE Code A56
NTEE Classification Natural History, Natural Science Museums
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 May, 1948
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$382,502 0.81% Joel A. Bartsch President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Houston Museum of Natural Science (TX) 88.76 three stars
The Field Museum (IL) 89.85 three stars
San Diego Natural History Museum (CA) 89.02 three stars
Cleveland Museum of Natural History (OH) 92.66 four stars
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (CA) 90.17 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
tel: (713) 639-4629
EIN: 74-1036131

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Board Leadership

T. Mark Kelly
Chair

CEO

Joel Bartsch
President

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