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Science Museum of Minnesota

Turn on the Science

three stars

89.37

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

Board Leadership
William A. Jonason
Chair

CEO
Alison Brown
President and CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.37 three stars
  Financial 85.52 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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.

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Financial

three stars

85.52

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 07/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
87.5%
  Administrative Expenses 7.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.45
  Program Expenses Growth 1.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 15.8%
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) 89.37 three stars
Science Center of Iowa (IA) 88.53 three stars
Discovery Place (NC) 90.80 four stars
The Franklin Institute (PA) 90.01 four stars
Rochester Museum and Science Center (NY) 89.52 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $9,280,669
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $7,153,519
Total Contributions $16,434,188
   Program Service Revenue $16,955,815
Total Primary Revenue $33,390,003
   Other Revenue $4,049,666
TOTAL REVENUE $37,439,669
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $34,258,904
   Administrative Expenses $3,392,325
   Fundraising Expenses $2,015,924
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $39,667,153
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-2,227,484
   
Net Assets $115,288,110

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 Exhibits $7,215,934 21.1%
Education $5,328,974 15.6%
Science Division - Anthropology $2,583,190 7.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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
2002-06 09/01/2003 86.47 three stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 86.52 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 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)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$281,351 0.70% Alison Brown President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Science Museum of Minnesota (MN) 89.37 three stars
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (IL) 90.96 four stars
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OR) 92.80 four stars
The Bakken Museum (MN) 87.94 three stars
Liberty Science Center (NJ) 91.45 four 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

William A. Jonason
Chair

CEO

Alison Brown
President and CEO

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