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Museum of Science, Boston closes $250 million campaign, topping goal by $34 million
BOSTON -- On June 30, 2015, the Museum of Science, Boston will complete its $250 million campaign, exceeding its goal by $34 million. In 2011, announcing the largest fundraising effort in its 185-year history, the Museum embarked on the transformation of more than half of its 130,000 square feet of gallery space to tell the story of the natural and engineered worlds, enhance visitor experience, and make the facility more sustainable.
"Thanks to our extraordinary benefactors and partners -- some of whom have run marathons and climbed mountains to support us -- we have made spectacular progress," says Museum president and director Ioannis Miaoulis. "We are ready to take on the future. Our goal is to become the leading science center worldwide in expanding the public's access to, understanding of, and critical thinking around engineering, technology, and the sciences."
Outlining a bold vision for the next decade, Museum trustees approved a Long-Range Plan, building on its strengths as one of world's largest centers for dynamic, interactive science and technology exhibits and programs and its growing leadership in K-12 engineering education, nationally and globally.
At the June 18 annual meeting of trustees and overseers, the Museum elected its first female board chairs to serve simultaneously: Gwill York, co-founder and managing director of Lighthouse Capital Partners, leading trustees, and Christine Bellon, vice president of legal affairs, Blueprint Medicines, leading overseers.
Says York, "Moving forward, we will strive to expand the Museum's reach, physically and virtually, at the local, national, and international levels, optimize visitors' physical and digital experience, broaden participation across the lifespan, leverage our leadership in K-12 engineering education, and secure the Museum's future."
The Museum has achieved many milestones because of the visionary leadership of Miaoulis, guided by outgoing board chair MEDITECH president Howard Messing, and a new culture of philanthropy created by senior vice president of advancement Joan Hadly, retiring July 1. Ellie Starr, former vice dean, office of external relations at the Harvard School of Public Health, will succeed her.
Museum campaign highlights span:
Positioning itself as the region's only institution dedicated to STEM education in and beyond the classroom, the Museum has attracted science and technology leaders such as former Genzyme CEO Henri Termeer, Brit d'Arbeloff, and former Museum board chair Rick Burnes, general partner, Charles River Ventures. Museum "alumni" include luminaries such as Vanu Bose, who as a boy loved the Museum's technology exhibits, and philanthropist and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose boyhood memories sparked a Planetarium gift. The Museum also created new ways to spark involvement:
About The Museum of Science, Boston:
One of the world's largest science centers and Boston's most attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces over 1.4 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) via dynamic programs and hundreds of interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof and is the nation's first science museum with a comprehensive strategy and infrastructure to foster technological literacy in museums and schools nationwide. Other highlights include the Hall of Human Life, the Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, Butterfly Garden and 4-D Theater. The Museum has led a 10-year, $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museum and reaches over 20,000 teens a year worldwide via the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network. Visit www.mos.org.