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Exploratorium

The museum of science, art, and human perception

four stars

91.65

Piers 15/17 San Francisco, CA 94111
tel: (415) 528-4866   Web Site
EIN: 94-1696494

Board Leadership
Roberta Katz
Chair

CEO
Chris Flink
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.65 four stars
  Financial 88.59 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Exploratorium is an internationally renowned museum of science, art, and human perception. Its mission is to create a culture of learning through innovative environments, programs, and tools that help people nurture their curiosity about the world around them. The vision of the Exploratorium is to change how the world learns. Specifically, by change we mean to move individuals from passive consumption of information and other people' claims to active, personal explorers of the natural and technological worlds and themselves.

The Exploratorium is an internationally renowned museum of science, art, and human perception. Its mission is to create a culture of learning through innovative environments, programs, and tools that help people nurture their curiosity about the world around them. The vision of the Exploratorium is to change how the world learns. Specifically, by change we mean to move individuals from passive consumption of information and other people' claims to active, personal explorers of the natural and technological worlds and themselves.

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Financial

three stars

88.59

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
86.1%
  Administrative Expenses 7.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.15
  Program Expenses Growth 4.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 23.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Exploratorium on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Exploratorium on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Exploratorium (CA) 91.65 four stars
Newark Museum (NJ) 90.13 four stars
Smithsonian Institution (DC) 91.72 four stars
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh (PA) 86.59 three stars
Museum of Arts & Sciences (FL) 89.39 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $22,173,047
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,578,829
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $3,379,931
Total Contributions $27,131,807
   Program Service Revenue $19,742,619
Total Primary Revenue $46,874,426
   Other Revenue $4,633,086
TOTAL REVENUE $51,507,512
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $44,592,430
   Administrative Expenses $5,236,514
   Fundraising Expenses $3,104,487
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $52,933,431
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,425,919
   
Net Assets $172,437,392

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 $41,586,448 93.3%
Global Studios - Interactive Exhibits $1,933,563 4.3%
The Exploratorium Store $1,072,419 2.4%

Ratings History
Exploratorium has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 07/01/2019 91.65 four stars
2017-06 11/01/2018 90.09 four stars
2017-06 10/01/2018 89.43 three stars
2016-06 04/01/2018 92.61 four stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 91.11 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 91.16 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 89.97 three stars
2013-06 02/01/2015 90.96 four stars
2012-06 12/01/2013 91.43 four stars
2011-06 10/01/2012 94.74 four stars
2010-06 12/23/2011 90.23 four stars
2009-06 10/01/2011 84.81 three stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 83.62 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 78.77 two stars
2008-05 12/01/2009 80.76 three stars
2007-05 03/01/2009 77.44 two stars
2006-05 09/01/2007 88.87 three stars
2005-05 03/01/2006 89.07 three stars
2004-05 08/01/2005 77.60 two stars
2003-05 06/01/2004 77.06 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 94-1696494
Name in IRS Master File THE EXPLORATORIUM
NTEE Code A50
NTEE Classification Museum, Museum Activities
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
(59) Other school related 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 April, 1969
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, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$472,403 0.89% Chris Flink Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Exploratorium (CA) 91.65 four stars
Museum of Arts & Sciences (FL) 89.39 three stars
Roberson Museum and Science Center (NY) 85.08 three stars
National Liberty Museum (PA) 87.22 three stars
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (CA) 86.41 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Exploratorium
Piers 15/17
San Francisco, CA 94111
tel: (415) 528-4866
TTY: (415) 528-4400
EIN: 94-1696494

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Board Leadership

Roberta Katz
Chair

CEO

Chris Flink
Executive Director

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