EIN 94-1696494

The Exploratorium

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The Exploratorium explores the world through science, art, and human perception with a mission to transform learning worldwide. They engage educators by making science visible, touchable, and accessible both at the museum and in the classroom. As an R&D laboratory, they experiment with cutting-edge ideas, creating almost everything themselves and always pursuing the most interesting and important concepts. The Exploratorium is located in San Francisco, CA.
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Program areas at The Exploratorium

Museum and visitor experience:we're an r&d laboratory that experiments with cutting-edge ideas. We create, experiment, test, and build nearly everything at The Exploratorium ourselves, always looking for The most interesting and important ideas to pursue, often pushing The limits of what's possible. In this sense, we're a classic research-and-development organization, constantly creating new activities, websites, events, artworks, exhibits, and more.
Educator engagement:we're at The forefront of science education. By making science visible, touchable, and accessible to a wide variety of peopleat The museum, online, and in The classroom. Our explore-for-yourself way of learning and teaching influences science education worldwide. Our professional development programs provide educators with The skills, tools, and support they need to apply inquiry-based learning and teaching in their classes. We also design programs that make connections between The traditionally separate worlds of formal (school) and informal (museum) education and understanding.
Global collaborations:we learn and share with partners worldwide. By drawing on The Exploratorium's broad expertise, global collaborations is able to provide a comprehensive set of creative servicesfrom master planning to program development to exhibit fabrication and installation. We like to be as far upstream in our clients' creative process as possible, exploring The rich questions that lead to truly authentic, innovative problem solving.

Who funds The Exploratorium

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Gordon E and Betty I Moore FoundationIn Support of Improved Financial Outlook, Including A Reduction of Long-Term Debt.$22,500,000
Schwab Charitable FundArts, Culture & Humanities$2,530,936
William K. Bowes Jr. FoundationGeneral Operating Support, General Operating Support - To Support the Highest Priorities and Most Urgent Financial Needs of the Exploratorium As Determined By the Executive Director and Ceo, Chris Flink, and An Extension of the Use of Funds Through 2022$2,500,000
...and 82 more grants received totalling $35,857,163
Federal funding details
Federal agencyProgram nameAmount
Small Business AdministrationSHUTTERED VENUE OPERATORS GRANT PROGRAM$4,907,371
National Science FoundationEDUCATION AND HUMAN RESOURCES$810,112
National Aeronautics & Space AdministrationSCIENCE$628,970
...and 17 more federal grants / contracts

Personnel at The Exploratorium

Lindsay BiermanExecutive Director and Chief Executive Officer
Phoebe WhiteChief Museum Officer$228,995
Laura ZanderChief Financial Officer$231,074
Anne HolmesChief of Staff
Blair Richard WinnChief Advancement Officer$209,571
...and 19 more key personnel

Financials for The Exploratorium

RevenuesFYE 06/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$48,610,555
Program services$25,897,818
Investment income and dividends$698,741
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$2,558,433
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$1,821,152
Net income from fundraising events$-606,630
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$591,322
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$79,571,391

Form 990s for The Exploratorium

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-062023-05-08990View PDF
2020-062021-04-14990View PDF
2019-062020-09-22990View PDF
2018-062019-05-14990View PDF
2017-062018-06-14990View PDF
...and 7 more Form 990s
Data update history
July 11, 2023
Used new vendors
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July 6, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
June 30, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 6 new personnel
May 19, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 6 new personnel
May 11, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 2 new vendors, including , and
Nonprofit Types
Arts, culture, and humanities nonprofitsMuseumsCharities
Arts, cultural, and humanities
MembershipsLobbyingFundraising eventsOperates internationallyState / local levelReceives government fundingEndowed supportGala fundraisersTax deductible donations
General information
17 Pier Ste 100
San Francisco, CA 94111
Metro area
San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA
San Francisco County, CA
Website URL
(415) 528-4444
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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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