Science Museum Oklahoma
2020 Remington Place
Oklahoma City OK 73111
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Mission Statement We enrich people’s lives by revealing the wonder and relevance of science.
Contact Information
Contact Name Karen Paul
Contact email
Address 2020 Remington Place
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Phone (405) 602-3729
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card
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Other ways to donate, support or volunteer

Whether assisting with the maintenance of certain exhibit areas or facilitating a more positive visitor experience, volunteers make the difference at Science Museum Oklahoma. Science Museum Oklahoma has volunteer opportunities available weekdays and weekends for people 13 years and older. For more information about volunteering at Science Museum Oklahoma, please contact us.

Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $8,213,625.00
Projected Expenses $7,458,343.00
History and Background
Former Names
Kirkpatrick Center
Supported Organization Science Museum Oklahoma
Year Founded 1960
IRS Ruling Year 1960
State Registration Expiration Feb 2017
Mission We enrich people’s lives by revealing the wonder and relevance of science.

With more than 60 years of successful operations, Science Museum Oklahoma (SMO) has a long and proud history of providing learning opportunities for the people of Oklahoma. SMO began with the construction of the Kirkpatrick Planetarium on the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in 1958. When the present facility was built in 1978 and operations moved from the Fairgrounds, the museum's mission centered mostly on filling cultural voids within the region. It became a children's museum, art center, natural history center, performing arts theatre, air and space museum, hands-on science museum, history museum, cultural center and botanical garden.

As cultural offerings in Oklahoma increased, SMO transformed itself into the state's largest and most visible science museum, focusing exclusively on inquiry-based exhibits and education. This transformation helps educate more than 500,000 Oklahomans of all ages, races and genders about the wonders of scientific exploration.

Science Museum Oklahoma is the state's only hands-on science museum and, with over 350,000 square feet, one of the largest science museums in the nation. The museum influences how more than 500,000 Oklahomans learn about science through the medium of interactive exhibits, discovery-based activities, astronomy shows, Science Live! demonstrations, educational outreach efforts and special events.

In addition to providing memorable and relevant experiences for visitors, Science Museum Oklahoma's discovery-based exhibits provide the laboratory space for student growth as well as teacher professional development. Annually, the museum assists hundreds of elementary school teachers in improving their science specific knowledge and skills for the classroom.

Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Education/Educational Services
Description Two programs, Storytime Science and Early Explorers, provide hands-on activities and educational opportunities parents can easily replicate at home. More than 1,500 preschool children participate in these activities each year.
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Description Science Museum Oklahoma has more than 350,000 square-feet of hands-on science activities and exhibits.
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Adults
Description Last year, more than 72,000 individuals participated in one of Science Museum Oklahoma’s planetarium shows.
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Adults
Description The Oklahoma Mobile Network takes science education to more than 70 Oklahoma schools who may not have the ability to attend the museum in person because of travel, time or financial challenges, works with rural museums on collaborative programming opportunities and provides teacher resources.
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Adults

· Science Museum’s SmART Space art galleries integrate art, hands-on exploration and scientific principles to showcase the latest in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) technologies.

· Special Museum Days: Each year, Science Museum Oklahoma holds special days focused on a specific area of science. These days include:

· Chemistry Day: Last year, more than 1,000 students participated in program activities.

· Space Day: Space Day provides more than 2,500 school-age children an up-close view of the sciences that support outer space exploration.

· Tinkerfest: This event encourages children to explore new hands-on opportunities led by a diverse community of makers, artists, crafters, engineers and educators. Last year, nearly 7,000 children and their families attended Science Museum’s inaugural Tinkerfest.

Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Adults
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Sherry Marshall
Start Date Nov 2016
Senior Staff
Linda MaischVice President, Organizational Development and Community Engagement
Clint StoneVice President, Education
Kevin WilsonVice President, Finance and Operations
Number of Full-time Staff 74
Number of Part-time Staff 109
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 150
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Colin FitzSimmons
Company Affiliation Corytus, LLC
Term July 2017 to June 2018
Board of Directors
List Current as of Jan 06, 2018
Board of Directors List
Eric Ford Boeing Global Support and ServicesVoting
Ann Cameron Community LeaderVoting
Patrick K. Craine Chesapeake Energy CorporationVoting
Mike Deeba Michael E. Deeba, PLLC Voting
James W. Farris James Farris Associates Voting
Peggy Kates Midwest Wrecking CompanyVoting
Kym Koch Thompson Koch Communications Voting
Henry E. Laakman Jr.Boeing (Retired)Voting
Alexis LoPresto Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores Voting
Monique Naifeh OU Health Sciences CenterVoting
Carol Ringrose Alexander Retirement Investment AdvisorsVoting
Kimber Shoop IIICrooks, Stanford and ShoopVoting
Jeff Starling Devon Energy CorporationVoting
Shane Wharton Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, IncVoting
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2017-June 30, 2018
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $8,213,625
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $7,458,343
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Revenue$9,008,495$20,679,454$55,457,211
Total Expenses$9,377,994$8,129,635$7,951,278
Revenue Less Expenses($369,499)$12,549,819$47,505,933
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$60,000$0$60,000
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$34,558$35,418$22,886
Unrealized Gain/Loss$330,823$1,508,795$5,135,374
Membership Dues$1,203,450$798,597$619,032
Special Events$6,074$5,660$5,922
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$7,604,373$6,408,794$6,851,626
Administration Expense$1,602,182$1,487,891$871,598
Fundraising Expense$171,439$232,950$228,054
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.962.546.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%79%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue259%4116%346%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$83,482,303$82,976,248$67,961,689
Current Assets$11,004,534$12,866,184$5,994,863
Long-Term Liabilities$3,732,717$2,921,316--
Current Liabilities$1,916,326$1,852,173$2,308,749
Total Net Assets$77,833,260$78,202,759$65,652,940
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.746.952.60
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets4%4%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $4,255,750Contributions $14,627,378Other $39,671,021
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $2,932,498Earned Revenue $3,602,014Contibutions $6,642,754
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMemberships $1,203,450Realized & Unrealized Gain/Loss $1,508,795Realized & Unrealized Gain/(loss) $5,135,374
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.
Note: The "Other Revenue" amount consists of $39,610,749 for the transfer of assets from Kirkpatrick Science & Air Space and Oklahoma Aviation & Space Hall of Fame per Schedule O in the 2013 Form 990. 
Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.
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Address 2020 Remington Place
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Primary Phone 405 602-3729
Give with Credit Card
Give to Endowment
CEO/Executive Director Sherry Marshall
Board Chair Colin FitzSimmons
Board Chair Company Affiliation Corytus, LLC


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