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Museum of Science announces its first $250 million capital campaign

April 21, 2011

On April 14, the Museum of Science, Boston announced its first comprehensive Capital Campaign of $250 million, the largest fundraising effort in its 180-year history. The announcement was made at the Museum's annual gala, The Science Behind the Stars, which honored Cambridge-based Genzyme and Waltham-based Raytheon companies as the Museum's first "Stars of STEM" for their contributions to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

"With the leadership of companies like Genzyme and Raytheon, I know we will realize the Museum's ambitious vision of transforming the nation's relationship with science and technology and sparking exploration of the natural and engineered worlds," says MEDITECH president and CEO Howard Messing, chairman of the Museum's board of trustees. "Our National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) has introduced engineering to nearly 1.8 million children in classrooms across the country. Equally important, our core mission as one of the world's most innovative interactive science centers is as vital as ever."

Funds raised will be dedicated to building compelling new exhibits integrating the natural and designed worlds; enhancing educational programming; upgrading the Museum's public spaces; and "greening" the Museum.

More than 10,000 individuals, corporations, foundations, and the government helped the Museum raise $150 million during the quiet phase of the campaign from 2004 to 2010 -- with the Museum's single largest individual gift being $20 million gift from Sophia and Bernard Gordon. During this phase, exhibitions, programs, and projects have included the NCTL, the Charles Hayden Planetarium, the nation's first rooftop wind turbine lab, and upgrades of the Mugar Omni Theater.

The goal is to raise the remaining $100 million by 2015. Fundraising will be from the inside out with programmatic goals inspiring the building's construction and renovation. The plan calls for the Museum to direct $40.7 million to Exhibits and Educational Programs, $33.3 million to Facility Transformation, $15 million to Endowment, and $11 million to the Annual Fund.

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The Museum of Science, Boston

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