EIN 04-2103916

Museum of Science

IRS 501(c) type
501(c)(3)
Num. employees
840
City
Year formed
1831
Most recent tax filings
2020-06-01
Description
We believe that everyone has a role to play in the world of science and technology - as learners, as future scientists or engineers, as citizens of our nation, as community leaders and members of the workforce, as consumers, and as stewards of our pla...

Program areas at Museum of Science

EXHIBITS include over 900 standing exhibits, housed in 132,000 sq ft of gallery and related space, providing hands-on experiences in all areas of science, technology, and their social impact. The Museum creates permanent and travelling exhibits both on its own and in collaboration with other institutions, and is one of three lead partners in the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISENet), a network of approximately 600 museums, colleges/universities, libraries, scientific professional organizations, and research institutions which creates and shares exhibits and programs relating to important current science and technology topics. A Museum-produced travelling exhibit called the Science Behind Pixar highlights the math and science skills Pixar filmakers use in bringing their films to life. Two copies of this exhibit are currently touring other US and international museums. The Museum also hosts travelling exhibits produced by other institutions. Traveling exhibits hosted by the Museum this year included: Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life; Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails; Dogs! A Science Tail
EDUCATION PROGRAMS include summer courses for children, overnight programs, an Educator Resource Center, and field trip programs for school groups. The Museum is also the home of the National Center for Technological Literacy (NCTL) which works with education, government, and industry to integrate engineering in schools and museums nationwide. The NCTL has developed standards-based preK-12 curriculum and out-of-school materials and provides professional development programs in math and engineering, as well as online teacher resources. (76,700 visitors and participants, not including many thousands of children using NCTL curricula worldwide)
PUBLIC PROGRAMS include exhibit interpretation, lecture series, live animal demonstrations (the Museum is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums), physical science demonstrations, lightning shows in the Thomson Theater of Electricity, special events, demonstrations and podcasts relating to topics of current science and technology, hands-on Design Challenges and a walk-through Butterfly Garden. The Museum's community outreach programs provide access to these and other programs to underrepresented audiences, and the Museum's Traveling Programs' fleet of vans bring programming out to schools, libraries, and community centers across New England. (727,500 onsite visitors and 61,100 offsite participants served.) After the Museum's March 2020 closure due to COVID, many of its public programs shifted to MOS at Home, an online delivery model.

Form 990s for Museum of Science

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-062021-05-05990View PDF
2019-062020-10-15990View PDF
2018-062019-11-04990View PDF
2017-062018-11-15990View PDF
2016-062017-08-11990View PDF
...and 6 more Form 990s

Who funds Museum of Science

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
GrantmakerDescriptionAmount
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift FundFor Grant Recipient's Exempt Purposes$735,886
 View purchase optionsIn Furtherance of the Organization's Tax Exempt Mission$500,000
 View purchase optionsOperating Support/annual Fund$221,447
...and 49 more grants received
Federal funding details
Federal agencyProgram nameAmount
Department of JusticeJUVENILE MENTORING PROGRAM - THE CLUBHOUSE NETWORK: INCREASING MENTOR PARTICIPATION AND COMMITMENT TO SUCCESS$810,609
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...and 17 more federal grants / contracts

Grants made by Museum of Science

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
The Clubhouse NetworkPrivate & Fed'l Subawards: Clubhouse Rapid Prototype, Doj Impacts 2.0$310,497
Science Museum of MinnesotaFed'l Subawards: Chemattitudes, Collab. for Ongoing Vis. Exp. Studies$196,159
Howard Area Community Center (HACC)Fed'l Subaward: Doj Impacts 2.0$93,286
 View purchase optionsFed'l Subawards: Productive Struggle, Exhibit Appraisal and Diverse Populations$86,927
 View purchase optionsFed'l Subaward: Doj Impacts 2.0$47,812
...and 15 more grants made

Financials for Museum of Science

RevenuesFYE 06/2020
Total grants, contributions, etc.$11,676,565
Program services$21,712,680
Investment income and dividends$2,971,877
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$106,046
Net rental income$1,634,775
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$7,145,429
Net income from fundraising events$-120,665
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$1,724,651
Miscellaneous revenues$3,103,746
Total revenues$49,955,104

Personnel at Museum of Science

NameTitleCompensation
Paul EgermanVice - Chair$0
Wayne M. KennardTrustee , Secretary$0

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Pacific Science CenterSeattle, WA$22,268,810
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Whitney Museum of American ArtNew York, NY$113,143,000
Minneapolis Institute of ArtMinneapolis, MN$33,387,796
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Nonprofit Types
Issues
Characteristics
Key performance indicators
Total revenues
$49,955,104
2020
Yearly growth
-40.9%
% of revenues
n/a
Total expenses
$60,601,151
2020
Yearly growth
-9%
% of expenses
n/a
Total assets
$308,551,835
2020
Yearly growth
-1.5%
% of assets
n/a
Num. employees
840
2020
Yearly growth
2.2%
% of total
n/a
General information
Address
1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114
Metro area
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH
County
Suffolk County, MA
Website URL
mos.org/ 
Phone
(617) 723-2500
Facebook page
museumofscience 
Twitter profile
@museumofscience 
IRS details
EIN
04-2103916
Fiscal year end
June
Taxreturn type
Form 990
Year formed
1831
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
Yes
Categorization
NTEE code, primary
A57: Science and Technology Museums
NAICS code, primary
7121: Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
Parent/child status
Central organization