EIN 74-1036131

Houston Museum of Natural Science

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The mission of the Houston Museum of Natural Science shall be to preserve and advance the general knowledge of natural science; to enhance in individuals the knowledge of and delight in natural science and related subjects; and to maintain and promote...

Program areas at Houston Museum of Natural Science

Since its establishment in 1909, the Houston Museum of Natural Science has served as a valuable resource for the Houston community, offering extensive collections, exciting interactive exhibits, immersive environments, engaging films, compelling traveling exhibitions, and comprehensive classroom experiences. In its permanent venues - drawing from its diverse collections of over 1.5 million objects - the Museum provides visitors with opportunities to expand their knowledge of anthropology, malacology, mineralogy, paleontology, entomology, chemistry, physics, biology, and other disciplines. The 400-seat Wortham Giant Screen Theatre presents relevant and entertaining films covering a wide variety of scientific topics. The Burke Baker Planetarium provides state-of-the-art, immersive learning adventures in astronomy and related subject matter. The Cockrell Butterfly Center is a living rain forest, allowing visitors to observe plants and insects and learn their roles in a natural ecosystem. The George Observatory in Brazos Bend State Park is a direct link to the planets and stars, giving visitors the opportunity to stargaze with a variety of telescopes, including the 36-inch Gueymard Research Telescope, one of the largest telescopes in the U.S. available to the public.The Museum's main entrance gift store offers Museum-related toys and educational items, a book room with science titles for all ages, and limited-time only special exhibit products. The gem and mineral store offers lapidary sculptures, ancient fossils, and rare minerals to extend visitors' interests in these items beyond the exhibit.The Museum is also available for rental after-hours so that its amazing collections and exhibits can be viewed in a more intimate setting.
The Museum's educational efforts are aimed at children and adults alike. Through hands-on interactive opportunities such as summer camps, field trips, outreach programming, teacher trainings, lecture series, and curator-led travel opportunities the Museum seeks to provide an inspirational learning environment that promotes scientific inquiry as a mode of thinking and engages the public in the wonders of science.

Form 990s for Houston Museum of Natural Science

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2019-122021-02-19990View PDF
2018-122020-02-05990View PDF
2017-122018-12-22990View PDF
2016-122017-11-29990View PDF
2015-122017-02-28990View PDF
...and 6 more Form 990s

Who funds Houston Museum of Natural Science

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Greater Houston Community FoundationArt$1,296,839
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...and 39 more grants received

Financials for Houston Museum of Natural Science

RevenuesFYE 12/2019
Total grants, contributions, etc.$30,966,923
Program services$17,112,465
Investment income and dividends$1,314,459
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$1,656,764
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$657,123
Net income from fundraising events$-44,536
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$-98,030
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$51,565,168

Personnel at Houston Museum of Natural Science

Jill LeeChief Financial Officer$208,066
Adrienne BarkerDirector and Chief Development Officer
Kimball TysonChief Development Officer
 Subscribe to viewVice President of Museum Facilities$131,734
 Subscribe to viewSenior Vice President of Marketing and Retail Operations$152,644
...and 25 more key personnel

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5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
Metro area
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
Website URL
(713) 639-4629
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IRS details
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
A57: Science and Technology Museums
NAICS code, primary
7121: Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
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