Cleveland Museum of Natural History (Cleveland, OH)


  • Name:Ms. Holly Morgan
  • Title:Director of Corporate Partnerships

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Cleveland Museum of Natural History
  • Address:1 Wade Oval Drive
    University Circle
    Cleveland, OH 44106
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:216-231-2138

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User Phone

  • Mobile phone:773-502-4845

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  • Mission:
  • To inspire, through science and education, a passion for nature, the protection of natural diversity, the fostering of health, and leadership to a sustainable future.

  • Overview:
  • The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is deeply grateful for the Newell Rubbermaid Foundation’s continued investment in science education programs. Thank you for the Foundation’s “Investing in Community” grant of $11,424 in support of the Museum’s Health and Science Outreach to Summit County Schools.

    Your gift, made in August 2011, enabled us to offer free programs to every school in Summit County who requested our services. We delivered 119 free outreach programs to 15 Summit County schools during the 2010-2011 school year. 2,628 students participated in hands-on learning experiences featuring the following topics: nutrition, disease prevention, anatomy, environmental science, Ohio wildlife, and the physical sciences.

    We are pleased to present a brief overview of the Museum:

    Hunting for new dinosaurs in Canada. Exploring Ohio for Ice-Age bones. Unearthing 3.4 million-year-old Ardi, a pre-human species in Ethopia.

    These exciting discoveries are just a few examples of the exemplary research programs conducted this year by The Cleveland Museum of Natural History staff. Despite the challenges during a time when the world is recovering from a major recession, the Museum has focused its resources on extending our mission by reinvesting in core programs and leveraging new, strategic partnerships. This past fiscal year (June 1, 2011 – July 30, 2012), we welcomed over 275,000 visitors, including 80,000 students and teachers; we supported research, conservation and sustainability projects across the globe, including the protection and stewardship of 5,500 acres of nature preserves in Ohio; and our collection grew to over 6 million specimens from archeology to zoology.

    Since its founding in 1920, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is renowned for research and collections that form the basis of our exhibits, programs and educational outreach. Our scientists have long been leaders in natural history and evolution research: the Kirtland Warbler is named after our founder, as is Kirtlandia, our scholarly journal; Dunkleosteus, an enormous prehistoric armored fish, was named in honor of the Museum scientist who studied it. Today, the Museum that discovered Lucy in 1974 remains at the forefront of evolutionary research with new, ground-breaking discoveries.

    Building Partnerships to Improve Science Education
    Science education – inspiring the next generation of scientists and citizens – is at the heart of our mission. Museums are a place where science comes alive, and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History continuously offers amazing exhibits, collections and educators that can spark an interest in science that is so urgently needed today.

    Our education programs play a critical role in introducing underserved children to the sciences. Many of our student visitors are from the Cleveland Municipal School District, where 100 percent of the children are from low-income families and 87 percent are minorities. For these at-risk children, participation in a Museum program can have a lasting impact by opening their eyes to science and culture, demonstrating how it is relevant to their everyday lives. We are proud to engage 80,000 school children and teachers each year with our educational programs.

    Over 100 science education programs are offered annually to the thousands of students, teachers and their families. Programs for students and teachers meet the Ohio Academic Content Standards and cover core disciplines including: Planetarium Programs, Life Sciences, Earth and Space Sciences, Social Studies and more. Museum educators travel to schools throughout the Northeast Ohio region to deliver critical programs on science and health. The Museum also provides educational experiences through our award-winning distance learning programs reaching students in classrooms across the United States and internationally.

    Public programs and special exhibits engage and delight people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Visitors experience a better understanding of the natural world around us and our place within it, from our own backyards to the most distant galaxies. The Museum also has a strong commitment to modeling sustainable practices in its facilities and management. Our exhibits and programs reinforce the concept that, through scientific explorations of the world around us today, we gain the clues and the knowledge to reconstruct the past and plan wisely for the future.

  • History:
  • In the 1830s, Cleveland’s first natural history collections were housed in a small wooden building on Public Square. Its two rooms were crowded with animal specimens, earning it the nickname “the Ark.”

    The gentlemen who frequented the Ark had a passion for the natural sciences. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History was founded in 1920 in the spirit of this group.

    Today, the Museum is considered one of the finest institutions of its kind in North America. Its mission emphasizes scientific research, conservation and education.

    The Museum offers an extraordinary visitor experience. Permanent exhibits of special interest include the 3 million-year-old human ancestor Australopithecus afarensis, known as “Lucy,” and the 150 million-year-old Haplocanthosaurus delfsi, one of the most complete mounted sauropods on display anywhere in the world.

    The Museum also features a planetarium, observatory, discovery center, live animal shows and a wildlife center and woods garden highlighting native Ohio flora and fauna, including bobcats, river otters and birds of prey. Traveling exhibitions, lecture series and public programs are offered frequently.

    Behind the scenes, curators work in 11 natural science disciplines. Their research helps inform the Museum's important educational programs. Outside Museum walls, the Natural Areas Program protects more than 5,500 acres of rare habitat in Northern Ohio.

  • Year established:1920
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:71
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:95

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • A. Chace Anderson, President
    Claiborne R. Rankin, Vice President
    Nathaniel T. Smith, Vice President
    Thomas A. Tormey, Vice President
    Jonathon L. Grimm, Treasurer
    Gordon D. Kinder, Secretary

    David S. Barrie
    James R. Bell III
    William B. Bolton
    James R. Bright
    Barbara Brown, Ph.D.
    Frances S. Buchholzer
    Diane Christ
    Ronald Copeland, M.D., FACS
    Amos H. Crowley III
    Matthew J. Dolan
    Mary Lou Ferbert
    Frederick P. Floyd
    Michael E. Gallagher, D.D.S.
    James L. Hambrick
    Williard F. Harper, Ph.D.
    John B. Hollister III, Ph.D.
    Donald Insul
    Kristie Kohl
    Peter J. Krembs
    G. Russell Lincoln
    R. Douglas McCreery
    Judith McMillan
    Marjorie L. Moore
    Thomas M. Morley
    Maynard H. Murch V
    Evelyn B. Newell
    C. W. Eliot Paine
    Betty K. Pinkney, Ph.D., J.D.
    Alayne Reitman
    Craig Reed
    Timothy P. Ryan
    Joseph M. Shafran
    Greg E. Studen
    Frederick G. Stueber
    Ronald M. Vranich
    Michael A. Weiss, M.D., Ph.D.
    Lucy Ireland Weller
    Dickson L. Whitney, Jr.

    Life Trustees:
    Betty Hollister

    Scott R. Inkley, M.D.
    Anne M. Jones

    William C. McCoy

    Janet Neary

    Dean G. Ostrum

    Elizabeth Wade Sedgwick
    Miriam G. Smead

    Jean Hower Taber
    Nelson S. Talbott

    Barbara B. Webster

    Honorary Trustees:
    Theodore J. Castele, M.D.
    Richard B. Fratianne, M.D.
    Priscilla Garretson

    George R. Klein
    Thomas M. Leiden
    Robert E. Mathews II
    Julien L. McCall
Dan T. Moore III

    Edwin R. Motch III
    William J. O'Neill, Jr.
    William M. Osborne, Jr.
    James P. Storer*
    J. Mary Taylor, Ph.D.
    Mary Weber

    Dickson L. Whitney, Sr.

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Evalyn Gates, Ph.D., Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Todd Welki, Chief Financial and Operating Officer
    Carin Miller, Director of Education
    Andy Jones, Ph.D., Director of Science
    David Saja, Ph.D., Director of Research
    James K. Bissell, Ph.D., Director of Natural Areas
    Harvey B. Webster, Director of Wildlife Resources
    Peter Anagnostos, Chief Development Officer


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:34-0714338

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:340714338
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% TODD WELKI
  • Organization Address:1 WADE OVAL DR
  • Organization City:CLEVELAND
  • Organization State:OH
  • Organization Zip:44106-1701
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:February, 1930
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):060
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:A560
  • Asset Amount:$222,981,182
  • Asset Code:9 ($50,000,000+)
  • Income Amount:$58,803,244
  • Income Code:9 ($50,000,000+)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$32,933,382
  • Last Updated:2/18/2018 11:51:18 am

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