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Science Museum of Minnesota

Turn on the Science

four stars

92.93

120 West Kellogg Boulevard St. Paul, MN 55102
tel: (800) 221-9444   Web Site
EIN: 41-0706172

Board Leadership
Bryan Phillips
Chair

CEO
Alison Brown
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.93 four stars
  Financial 90.85 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM), founded in 1907, is a large regional science museum located on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul. SMM's programs combine research and collection facilities, a public science education center, extensive teacher education and school outreach programs, and an Imax Convertible Dome Omnitheater to provide science education to our audience of more than a million people per year. The Museum's mission is to turn on the science by realizing the potential of policy makers, educators, and individuals to achieve full civic and economic participation in the world.

The Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM), founded in 1907, is a large regional science museum located on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul. SMM's programs combine research and collection facilities, a public science education center, extensive teacher education and school outreach programs, and an Imax Convertible Dome Omnitheater to provide science education to our audience of more than a million people per year. The Museum's mission is to turn on the science by realizing the potential of policy makers, educators, and individuals to achieve full civic and economic participation in the world.

Financial

four stars

90.85

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 12/23/2020 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)
85.3%
  Administrative Expenses 9.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.44
  Program Expenses Growth 3.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 14.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Science Museum of Minnesota on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Science Museum of Minnesota on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Science Museum of Minnesota (MN) 92.93 four stars
Living Arts & Science Center (KY) 89.39 three stars
The Bakken Museum (MN) 92.34 four stars
Great Lakes Science Center (OH) 86.15 three stars
Museum of Science (MA) 89.99 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $11,430,966
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $17,402,364
Total Contributions $28,833,330
   Program Service Revenue $17,774,955
Total Primary Revenue $46,608,285
   Other Revenue $981,393
TOTAL REVENUE $47,589,678
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $37,483,137
   Administrative Expenses $4,580,127
   Fundraising Expenses $2,193,764
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $44,257,028
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,332,650
   
Net Assets $122,249,427

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
Museum Experiences $17,964,486 47.9%
STEM Equity & Education $8,323,273 22.2%
Science $3,013,373 8.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 12/23/2020 92.93 four stars
2019-06 12/01/2020 91.40 four stars
2018-06 08/01/2019 86.93 three stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 89.37 three stars
2016-06 11/01/2017 88.39 three stars
2016-06 10/01/2017 87.70 three stars
2015-06 09/01/2016 90.55 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 90.41 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 88.08 three stars
2013-06 11/01/2014 85.69 three stars
2012-06 09/01/2013 89.27 three stars
2011-06 09/01/2012 90.25 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 93.00 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 86.36 three stars
2008-06 02/01/2010 85.01 three stars
2007-06 05/01/2009 82.44 three stars
2006-06 04/01/2008 74.80 two stars
2005-06 09/01/2006 73.58 two stars
2004-06 07/01/2005 75.03 two stars
2003-06 01/05/2005 78.45 two 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 41-0706172
Name in IRS Master File SCIENCE MUSEUM OF MINNESOTA
NTEE Code A56
NTEE Classification Natural History, Natural Science Museums
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (65) Fair
(207) Industry trade shows
(30) School, college, trade school, 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 May, 1943
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, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$467,206 1.05% Alison Brown President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Science Museum of Minnesota (MN) 92.93 four stars
Museum of Discovery and Science (FL) 91.60 four stars
Orlando Science Center (FL) 90.47 four stars
Great Lakes Science Center (OH) 86.15 three stars
Arizona Science Center (AZ) 86.01 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Science Museum of Minnesota
120 West Kellogg Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55102
tel: (800) 221-9444
fax: (651) 221-4533
TTY: (651) 221-4585
EIN: 41-0706172

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Board Leadership

Bryan Phillips
Chair

CEO

Alison Brown
President and CEO

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