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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

Museum of Science

Furthering understanding of science and technology

three stars

88.53

1 Science Park Boston, MA 02114
tel: (617) 723-2500   Web Site
EIN: 04-2103916

Board Leadership
Gwill E. York
Chairman

CEO
Dr. Ioannis (Yannis) Miaoulis
President and Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.53 three stars
  Financial 85.38 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1830, the Museum of Science, Boston works to stimulate interest in and further understanding of science and technology and their importance for individuals and for society. To accomplish this educational mission, the Museum is dedicated to attracting the broadest possible spectrum of participants, and involving them in activities, exhibits and programs which will: encourage curiosity, questioning and exploration; inform and educate; enhance a sense of personal achievement in learning; respect individual interest, backgrounds and abilities; and promote life-long learning and informed and active citizenship.

Founded in 1830, the Museum of Science, Boston works to stimulate interest in and further understanding of science and technology and their importance for individuals and for society. To accomplish this educational mission, the Museum is dedicated to attracting the broadest possible spectrum of participants, and involving them in activities, exhibits and programs which will: encourage curiosity, questioning and exploration; inform and educate; enhance a sense of personal achievement in learning; respect individual interest, backgrounds and abilities; and promote life-long learning and informed and active citizenship.

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Financial

three stars

85.38

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 11/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
80.7%
  Administrative Expenses 10.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.19
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.77
  Program Expenses Growth 2.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Museum of Science on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Museum of Science on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Museum of Science (MA) 88.53 three stars
California Science Center Foundation (CA) 90.72 four stars
COSI Center of Science and Industry (OH) 85.10 three stars
The Bakken Museum (MN) 90.52 four stars
Discovery World (WI) 88.79 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $13,380,667
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $2,082,066
   Fundraising Events $780,467
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $5,417,889
Total Contributions $21,661,089
   Program Service Revenue $26,726,652
Total Primary Revenue $48,387,741
   Other Revenue $7,580,647
TOTAL REVENUE $55,968,388
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $48,697,159
   Administrative Expenses $6,256,040
   Fundraising Expenses $5,749,050
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $60,702,249
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-4,733,861
   
Net Assets $213,051,596

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
Exhibits $17,279,025 35.5%
Public Programs $12,367,294 25.4%
Education Programs $9,794,107 20.1%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-06 11/01/2017 88.53 three stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 91.71 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 90.50 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 86.72 three stars
2013-06 09/01/2014 92.15 four stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 93.21 four stars
2011-06 06/01/2012 85.40 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 87.27 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 72.91 two stars
2008-06 10/01/2009 88.81 three stars
2007-06 03/01/2009 90.44 four stars
2006-06 07/01/2007 87.76 three stars
2005-04 07/01/2006 86.15 three stars
2004-04 05/01/2005 68.87 one star
2003-04 05/01/2004 73.57 two stars
2002-04 04/15/2003 78.94 two stars
2001-04 10/15/2002 84.20 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 04-2103916
Name in IRS Master File MUSEUM OF SCIENCE
NTEE Code A57
NTEE Classification Science and Technology 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 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 December, 1993
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, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 2012

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

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$524,376 0.86% Ioannis N. Miaoulis President And Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Museum of Science (MA) 88.53 three stars
The Bakken Museum (MN) 90.52 four stars
Discovery World (WI) 88.79 three stars
Science Museum of Minnesota (MN) 88.39 three stars
Liberty Science Center (NJ) 89.12 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Museum of Science
1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114
tel: (617) 723-2500
EIN: 04-2103916

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Board Leadership

Gwill E. York
Chairman

CEO

Dr. Ioannis (Yannis) Miaoulis
President and Director

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