Where Imagination and learning connect

aka Children's Museum Tucson   |   Tucson, AZ   |
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EIN: 86-0676237


To provide fun, play based, interactive, hands-on learning experiences for children and their families.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Mrs. Hilary Van Alsburg

Main address

200 S. Sixth Avenue

Tucson, AZ 85701 USA

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Subject area info

Children's museums

Population served info

Children and youth

NTEE code info

Children's Museums (A52)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Children's Museum is an informal learning environment that provides both educational and developmentally appropriate programs and exhibits for children and their families.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adventure Learning Tours

The Tucson Children's Museum offers school readiness (Pre-K) and school tours (K - through grade 5) through our Adventure Learning Tours.  The cirriculum for all tours are aligned with Arizona Academic Tours.  The Museum strives to provide sponsored tours (often with transportation to the Museum) for 10,000 students per year.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Wee Play is a program for children 4 years and younger where they will sing, read and laugh together. This school readiness program will help preschoolers with fine and gross motor skills, literacy and art.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

MyTime is an inclusion program that welcomes families and children who are in need of supportive experiences. MyTime offers a quieter, more controlled visiting time for children with special needs. The Museums are open to all visitors during this time to provide a truly inclusive experience for all families.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Discovery Nights are part of CMT’s collaborative Aprendemos bilingual program. By partnering with organizations serving families in traditionally underserved populations, including foster care children, immigrant and refugee families, CMT reaches families who might not otherwise access the Museum. Discovery Nights provide flexibility for working families and offer inclusive hands-on exploration in arts and science activities.

Discovery Nights programming includes an interactive blend of science and arts. Discovery Nights include bilingual activities in an evening program providing flexibility for working caregivers to experience the Museum for free admission. Activities include bilingual Storytime, interactive pop-up science experiments and arts projects. CMT’s exhibits are fully accessible and provide the backdrop for creative exploration.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Indigenous peoples
People of Latin American descent
Social and economic status

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of Museum visitors

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goal of the Children's Museum Tucson is to offer children and families with a safe and developmentally appropriate space to provide fun, play based, interactive and hands-on learning experiences.

The Museum's strategies for meeting our goals are providing both structured and unstructured opportunities for discovery and growth. For children four and under, we provide a variety of early childhood education programming that includes Wee Play, Wee Wiggle & Wee Explore. There are also several Adventure Learning Programs (school tours) for pre-K through 3rd grade.

Beyond specific programming, all of the Museum's exhibits are hands-on, interactive and related to S.T.E.A.M. and/or early childhood development.

The Museum is well positioned to meet our goals and objectives. Located in downtown Tucson, the museum consists of over 11,000 square feet of exhibit and program space. The Museum's exhibits are constantly being upgraded and/or replaced to maintain an enriching and educational experience for visitors.

Additionally the Museum has a professional and capable staff that brings a wealth of experience and education to our programs and daily operations. Positions include a STEM Specialist and an Education Specialist.

The Museum has made tremendous progress over the last six years. In that time, attendance has grown by 51% to over a 170,000 visitors annually. During the same time frame, the Museum has invested $1,400,000 in updating the facility and installing new exhibits. In 2015, the Children's Museum Oro Valley was opened as a small satellite of the downtown museum. Specializing on children 5 and under and with over 32,000 visitors annually, the Children's Museum Oro Valley has been a success thus far. In 2016 and 2017 the Children's Museum Tucson was named a finalist for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS).

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.10 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 20% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of TUCSON CHILDRENS MUSEUM INC’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $437,733 -$286,912 $277,409 $833,126 $242,025
As % of expenses 28.0% -19.4% 25.5% 42.5% 9.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $214,566 -$500,955 $163,074 $732,863 $122,256
As % of expenses 12.0% -29.6% 13.6% 35.6% 4.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,742,349 $1,290,718 $1,474,096 $2,864,364 $2,795,252
Total revenue, % change over prior year -5.1% -25.9% 14.2% 94.3% -2.4%
Program services revenue 41.1% 38.0% 14.9% 26.8% 36.4%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.1% 0.1%
Government grants 10.8% 14.5% 28.9% 34.8% 9.8%
All other grants and contributions 47.7% 46.7% 55.8% 36.6% 51.3%
Other revenue 0.3% 0.7% 0.4% 1.8% 2.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,562,638 $1,476,504 $1,086,866 $1,959,471 $2,456,738
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.7% -5.5% -26.4% 80.3% 25.4%
Personnel 67.7% 70.0% 67.9% 64.9% 59.0%
Professional fees 1.4% 1.5% 3.8% 7.0% 6.4%
Occupancy 10.4% 10.0% 11.9% 9.4% 4.5%
Interest 0.0% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0% 1.2%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 20.5% 18.4% 16.3% 18.7% 28.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,785,805 $1,690,547 $1,201,201 $2,059,734 $2,576,507
One month of savings $130,220 $123,042 $90,572 $163,289 $204,728
Debt principal payment $37,295 $0 $14,235 $206,012 $0
Fixed asset additions $261,362 $0 $0 $179,562 $3,104,036
Total full costs (estimated) $2,214,682 $1,813,589 $1,306,008 $2,608,597 $5,885,271

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 3.9 4.0 8.8 7.9 4.2
Months of cash and investments 3.9 4.0 8.8 7.9 4.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.1 0.4 3.0 5.7 -9.5
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $503,315 $489,106 $796,556 $1,296,380 $866,126
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $26,746 $7,408 $31,794 $81,633 $114,183
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $2,581,427 $2,019,517 $2,074,203 $2,253,763 $4,912,963
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 79.9% 81.6% 85.0% 82.7% 31.3%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 7.3% 43.8% 34.1% 13.8% 59.4%
Unrestricted net assets $921,130 $420,175 $583,249 $1,316,112 $1,438,368
Temporarily restricted net assets $77,432 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $77,432 $86,586 $196,407 $268,174 $364,663
Total net assets $998,562 $506,761 $779,656 $1,584,286 $1,803,031

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Mrs. Hilary Van Alsburg

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 01/31/2024
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Board chair

Kristen Wendler

JD Driver Group

Term: 2022 - 2024

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/7/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Transgender Identity

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Sexual orientation

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