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American Museum of Natural History

Discovering, interpreting, and disseminating knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe

four stars

90.91

200 Central Park West New York, NY 10024
tel: (212) 769-5606   Web Site
EIN: 13-6162659

Board Leadership
Lewis W. Bernard
Chairman

CEO
Ellen V. Futter
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.91 four stars
  Financial 88.64 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 94.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) is one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) is one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.

Financial

three stars

88.64

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

94.00

This rating was published 12/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
82.6%
  Administrative Expenses 13.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.73
  Program Expenses Growth 1.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 28.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Museum of Natural History on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Museum of Natural History on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Museum of Natural History (NY) 90.91 four stars
Virginia Living Museum (VA) 93.32 four stars
Cleveland Museum of Natural History (OH) 89.43 three stars
American Friends of the Israel Museum (NY) 90.66 four stars
Denver Museum of Nature & Science (CO) 90.34 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $84,400,089
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $6,709,206
   Fundraising Events $5,468,826
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $33,925,963
Total Contributions $130,504,084
   Program Service Revenue $32,819,578
Total Primary Revenue $163,323,662
   Other Revenue $55,733,197
TOTAL REVENUE $219,056,859
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $177,972,561
   Administrative Expenses $29,256,909
   Fundraising Expenses $7,736,365
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $214,965,835
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $4,091,024
   
Net Assets $1,047,062,429

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
Science $73,040,875 41.0%
Education and Other Public Programs $61,692,798 34.7%
Exhibition $43,238,888 24.3%

Ratings History
American Museum of Natural History has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 12/01/2020 90.91 four stars
2018-06 02/01/2020 90.92 four stars
2017-06 12/21/2018 90.52 four stars
2016-06 12/22/2017 87.12 three stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 87.14 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 90.25 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 12/22/2015 89.24 three stars
2013-06 12/22/2014 93.68 four stars
2012-06 11/01/2013 94.97 four stars
2011-06 08/01/2012 91.94 four stars
2010-06 11/01/2011 88.20 three stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 91.09 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 85.08 three stars
2008-06 02/01/2010 91.46 four stars
2007-06 05/01/2009 85.36 three stars
2006-06 05/01/2008 85.41 three stars
2005-06 11/01/2006 83.02 three stars
2004-06 12/01/2005 84.61 three stars
2003-06 11/01/2004 86.44 three stars
2002-06 10/01/2003 96.14 four 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 13-6162659
Name in IRS Master File AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
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.
(59) Other school related activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
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 June, 1943
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
$1,110,285 0.51% Ellen V. Futter President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Museum of Natural History (NY) 90.91 four stars
Fernbank Museum of Natural History (GA) 93.00 four stars
Denver Museum of Nature & Science (CO) 90.34 four stars
Museum of Us (CA) 90.78 four stars
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (AZ) 91.04 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

American Museum of Natural History
200 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
tel: (212) 769-5606
fax: (212) 769-5427
EIN: 13-6162659

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Board Leadership

Lewis W. Bernard
Chairman

CEO

Ellen V. Futter
President

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