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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Museums

Museum of Science

Furthering understanding of science and technology

89.99

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

Board Leadership
Alexis Borisy
Chair

CEO
Tim Ritchie
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.99
  Financial 87.70
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00
This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

87.70

Accountability & Transparency

93.00

This rating was published 02/01/2021 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)
78.7%
  Administrative Expenses 11.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.13
  Program Expenses Growth 2.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.4%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Museum of Science (MA) 89.99
Science Central (IN) 88.55
Science Museum Oklahoma (OK) 95.24
Adler Planetarium (IL) 85.36
South Florida Science Center and Aquarium (FL) 93.47

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $37,313,158
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $1,425,588
   Fundraising Events $1,015,919
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $3,735,772
Total Contributions $43,490,437
   Program Service Revenue $27,754,061
Total Primary Revenue $71,244,498
   Other Revenue $13,298,630
TOTAL REVENUE $84,543,128
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $51,695,857
   Administrative Expenses $8,208,036
   Fundraising Expenses $6,718,212
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $66,622,105
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $17,921,023
   
Net Assets $296,296,273

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 $17,742,081 34.3%
Public Programs $13,878,711 26.8%
Education Programs $10,077,898 19.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 02/01/2021 89.99
2018-06 02/01/2020 90.09
2017-06 02/01/2019 87.76
2016-06 11/01/2017 88.53
2015-06 10/01/2016 91.71
2014-06 06/01/2016 90.50
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 86.72
2013-06 09/01/2014 92.15
2012-06 08/01/2013 93.21
2011-06 06/01/2012 85.40
2010-06 09/20/2011 87.27
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 72.91
2008-06 10/01/2009 88.81
2007-06 03/01/2009 90.44
2006-06 07/01/2007 87.76
2005-04 07/01/2006 86.15
2004-04 05/01/2005 68.87
2003-04 05/01/2004 73.57
2002-04 04/15/2003 78.94
2001-04 10/15/2002 84.20

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, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$358,271 0.53% Wayne Bouchard Interim President
Other Salaries of Note
$604,156 0.90% Ioannis Miaoulis Former President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Museum of Science (MA) 89.99
Museum of Discovery and Science (FL) 91.60
Arizona Science Center (AZ) 86.01
Great Lakes Science Center (OH) 86.15
McWane Science Center (AL) 89.36

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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

Alexis Borisy
Chair

CEO

Tim Ritchie
President

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