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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

90.92

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 90.92 four stars
  Financial 88.65 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 94.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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.

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Financial

three stars

88.65

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

94.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 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)
82.6%
  Administrative Expenses 13.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.93
  Program Expenses Growth 1.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 26.8%
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) 90.92 four stars
San Diego Museum of Man (CA) 91.94 four stars
South Florida Museum (FL) 85.14 three stars
Fleet Science Center (CA) 86.78 three stars
Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium (VT) 88.43 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $88,328,462
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $6,823,450
   Fundraising Events $5,036,853
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $31,375,240
Total Contributions $131,564,005
   Program Service Revenue $35,986,559
Total Primary Revenue $167,550,564
   Other Revenue $37,835,963
TOTAL REVENUE $205,386,527
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $176,410,328
   Administrative Expenses $30,865,360
   Fundraising Expenses $7,860,749
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $215,136,437
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-9,749,910
   
Net Assets $1,070,661,810

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 $72,897,771 41.3%
Education and Other Public Programs $60,769,058 34.4%
Exhibition $42,743,499 24.2%

Ratings History
American Museum of Natural History has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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
2001-06 10/15/2002 96.09 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, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$1,073,489 0.49% Ellen V. Futter President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Museum of Natural History (NY) 90.92 four stars
San Diego Museum of Man (CA) 91.94 four stars
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center (VT) 91.18 four stars
Fleet Science Center (CA) 86.78 three stars
Virginia Living Museum (VA) 94.73 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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