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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Excellence in collecting, exhibiting, preserving, conserving, and interpreting art for all people

88.02

1001 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005
tel: (713) 639-7300   Web Site
EIN: 74-1109655

Board Leadership
Richard D. Kinder
Chairman

CEO
Gary Tinterow
Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.02
  Financial 90.48
  Accountability & Transparency 86.00
This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), founded in 1900, is the largest art museum in America south of Chicago, west of Washington, D.C., and east of Los Angeles. The collection contains more than 69,000 artworks, which date from antiquity to the present. There are two major museum buildings, the Caroline Wiess Law Building and the Audrey Jones Beck Building; the Glassell School of Art; two house museums that exhibit decorative arts, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens and Rienzi; and the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden. In concert with Steven Holl Architects, the Museum has recently embarked on a campus redevelopment which includes the new Glassell School of Art and a building for 20th- and 21st-century art; those structures will link to the existing gallery buildings and sculpture garden by Isamu Noguchi, establishing a 14-acre public campus in the heart of Houston's Museum District.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), founded in 1900, is the largest art museum in America south of Chicago, west of Washington, D.C., and east of Los Angeles. The collection contains more than 69,000 artworks, which date from antiquity to the present. There are two major museum buildings, the Caroline Wiess Law Building and the Audrey Jones Beck Building; the Glassell School of Art; two house museums that exhibit decorative arts, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens and Rienzi; and the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden. In concert with Steven Holl Architects, the Museum has recently embarked on a campus redevelopment which includes the new Glassell School of Art and a building for 20th- and 21st-century art; those structures will link to the existing gallery buildings and sculpture garden by Isamu Noguchi, establishing a 14-acre public campus in the heart of Houston's Museum District.

Financial

90.48

Accountability & Transparency

86.00

This rating was published 04/01/2021 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)
79.9%
  Administrative Expenses 15.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 11.68
  Program Expenses Growth -0.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (TX) 88.02
San Antonio Museum of Art (TX) 88.68
The Columbus Museum (GA) 88.63
Yellowstone Art Museum (MT) 85.10
Museum of Wisconsin Art (WI) 89.76

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $59,371,373
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $4,066,837
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,607,286
Total Contributions $65,045,496
   Program Service Revenue $13,811,903
Total Primary Revenue $78,857,399
   Other Revenue $113,072,877
TOTAL REVENUE $191,930,276
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $73,297,370
   Administrative Expenses $12,483,930
   Fundraising Expenses $5,228,213
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $91,009,513
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $100,920,763
   
Net Assets $1,793,148,006

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
Accessions, Curatorial and Exhibit Expenses $57,505,295 78.5%
Education and Public Programs $9,000,769 12.3%
Glassell School of Art $5,359,838 7.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 04/01/2021 88.02
2018-06 12/01/2019 87.63
2017-06 02/01/2019 88.15
2016-06 03/01/2018 88.68
2015-06 12/01/2016 87.85
2014-06 06/01/2016 88.09
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 86.93
2013-06 12/22/2014 84.79
2012-06 11/01/2013 77.87
2011-06 09/01/2012 82.88
2010-06 11/01/2011 85.07
2009-06 09/20/2011 79.95
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 12/01/2010 79.86
2008-06 02/01/2010 88.66
2007-06 11/01/2008 82.32
2006-06 05/01/2008 94.08
2005-06 11/01/2006 94.61
2004-06 11/01/2005 99.39
2003-06 10/01/2004 89.90
2002-06 11/01/2003 95.39

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

EIN 74-1109655
Name in IRS Master File MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS HOUSTON
NTEE Code A51
NTEE Classification Art Museums
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (119) Other cultural or historical activities
(60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
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 July, 1956
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$1,019,709 1.12% Gary Tinterow Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (TX) 88.02
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (CA) 88.06
Milwaukee Art Museum (WI) 93.30
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OK) 90.77
Nevada Museum of Art (NV) 86.42

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Charity Contact Info

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet
Houston, TX 77005
tel: (713) 639-7300
fax: (713) 639-7595
EIN: 74-1109655

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 6826
Houston, TX 77265

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Board Leadership

Richard D. Kinder
Chairman

CEO

Gary Tinterow
Director

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