Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science, Inc.
3945 Museum Drive
Tallahassee FL 32310-6325
Contact Information
Address 3945 Museum Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32310
Telephone (850) 575-8684
Fax 850 574-8243
E-mail membership@tallahasseemuseum.org
Alternate Address 3945 Museum Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32310
At A Glance
Organization DBA
Tallahassee Museum
Former Names
Tallahassee Junior Museum, Inc.
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 59-0838924
Year of Incorporation 1957
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $2,626,433.00
Projected Expenses $2,554,470.00
Mission Statement

The Tallahassee Museum promotes knowledge and understanding of the Big Bend’s cultural history and natural environment, inspiring people to enrich their lives and build a better community. 

Through this mission, the Tallahassee Museum encourages people to reach their full potential and contribute to a better sense of community, purpose and place by inspiring them to care for their natural world and value the role of history in their lives.
Needs Statement

- Increase the Museum's accessibility and impact for visitors intellectually, physically and emotionally through pro-active, well planned, and visually unified environmental graphic design, universal design principals, pathway, trail and building improvements and enhanced wayfinding. 

 

- Make the Museum's interpretive stories about our region's history, culture and natural environment more unified, impactful and relevant to current and future audiences.


- Increase the Museum's capacity and infrastructure to meet the growing needs of our millennials, families, children and seniors and provide them with a safe place to learn, share quality time and make lasting memories.


- Initiate a Museum transformation to ensure it remains a vibrant and relevant educational and cultural community asset and is a strong leader and vital component for our region's tourism and economic development efforts.


- Expand the Museum's lifelong learning experiences around 21st Century skills to inspire, guide, inform and enhance the personal and professional lives of our visitors and community members.

Impact Statement
  1. List your organization's top 3-5 accomplishments from the past year and

a. Established the Low Impact Development Outreach Program to demonstrate simple ways that Tallahassee residents can reduce their impact on the environment through simple projects like rain gardens and rain barrels.

b. Expanded the Museum’s programs and activities to incorporate healthy lifestyle topics such as outdoor activities and exercise and improved diets.

c. Completed a Museum Feasibility Masterplan.

d. Installed a new large scale rain garden.

e. Rebuilt the Museum’s Red wolf viewing area.

  1. list your organization's top 3-5 goals for the current year.

a. Complete a Style Manual and Visual Communications Project to create a greater sense of place for Museum visitors by addressing the Museum’s Identity (who we are); Orientation (where the visitor is); and Navigation (how the visitor gets there). This project will establish a solid framework throughout the whole Museum, its, buildings, experiences, and exhibit/display locations enhancing the impact that Museum stories have on the visitor and the pleasure of their visiting experience.

b. Install new interpretation for the Museum’s red wolf exhibit. 

 
 
 
c. Seek funding to re-interpret the Museum’s Wildlife Florida exhibit area.

d. Increase the Museum’s endowment fund by $240,000.

e. Achieve national accreditation from the American Zoological Association (AZA).

Background Statement

The Tallahassee Museum was founded in 1957 as the Tallahassee Junior Museum with the mission of giving children out-of-classroom, hands-on experiences related to the natural and cultural history of the world. The Museum temporarily occupied a downtown building for its exhibits.

In 1962, the Museum moved to its present 52-acre location on Lake Bradford in southwest Tallahassee. A main building complex was built for exhibits, collections, classrooms, and offices. With a permanent location, the Museum acquired a 19th Century farm with associated buildings, tools, and artifacts. A teaching collection of small animals was established and then expanded during the 1970s into the current displays of native wildlife in large, natural areas.  Additional contemporary and historical buildings, land, exhibits, nature trails, gardens, and boardwalks were later added.

Rapid regional growth, the growth and diversification of the Museum's audience, and the composition of its collections, propelled the evolution of the Museum from a children’s museum into a regional museum suitable for people of all ages. As a result of this evolution, the Museum modified its purpose in the late 1980s to refrain from worldwide collecting efforts and refined its mission to focus only on the region's cultural and natural history from the 19th Century forward. In 1992, the Museum recognized that its name was no longer consistent with its purpose and changed its name to the Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science.

Today, the Tallahassee Museum is a vibrant, nationally recognized and accredited museum noted for the learning opportunities it provides on the region’s natural and cultural history. Museum exhibits, programs, and publications highlight the relationships between the region's history, culture and natural environment and encourage people to become wise stewards of their natural and historical resources.

The Museum also serves as a public trust for the collection, preservation, and conservation of the region's historic artifacts and buildings (primarily from the 1800s forward), natural science specimens, and native wildlife that are at risk in a region and state facing rapid development and growth. Through its research activities on these collections, the Museum contributes to the base of published knowledge on our region’s natural environment, indigenous wildlife, natural history, history, and cultural pathways.

 

Service Categories
Museums
Preschools
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Areas
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Franklin
Gadsden
Gulf
Jackson
Jefferson
Leon
Liberty
Madison
Taylor
Wakulla
Other

The Tallahassee Museum serves the residents of and visitors to the "Big Bend" region of North Florida, South Georgia, and southeastern Alabama.  This region encompasses approximately a 75-100 mile radius of Tallahassee, FL.  The Museum's historic and natural science collections benefit a larger statewide and regional  (southeastern U.S.) audience. Tourists (visitors from outside of Leon County) comprise approximately 35% of the Museum's visitors/year.

CEO Statement/Executive Director Statement

 

Overview of Museum’s programs, activities and services
Through the core programs outlined below, the Museum seeks to illustrate the value of history and the natural world in our audience’s lives and their ability to make informed choices and encouraging them to live sustainable lifestyles and minimize the impact on our earth’s biodiversity.

Collections, Research and Exhibition Programs

The Museum collects, preserves, and conserves historic buildings and artifacts, live animals and natural science specimens, and archival materials that are reflective of and supportive to its mission. The Museum uses its collections in its permanent and temporary exhibits, to augment traveling exhibitions, and serve as invaluable resource for scholarly research. Through these research activities, the Museum contributes to the base of published knowledge on our state and region’s history, cultural pathways, natural environment, and indigenous wildlife. An important component of the Museum's mission is its public trust responsibility, which is fulfilled by professionally caring for and studying the collection items in its custody.

The Museum has 32 permanent exhibition areas ranging from the historic farmstead to the indigenous living wildlife exhibits to the Jim Gary’s Twentieth Century Dinosaurs exhibit and Tallahassee Tree to Tree Adventures. Museum exhibits seek to instill excitement, curiosity, and understanding in our visitors about our region’s natural and cultural heritage. The Museum’s permanent exhibits provide tourists with an excellent overview of Tallahassee/Leon County’s rich natural, historical, and cultural resources.

The Museum annually hosts temporary exhibits to supplement and/or enrich the permanent exhibits and educational programs. Temporary exhibits incorporate traveling exhibits originating from organizations such as the Smithsonian Institution, various museums, private collectors, as well as temporary exhibits produced from the Museum’s own collections.

Educational Programs and Cultural Events

Education is central to the Museum’s mission and offers a broad diversity of opportunities for pre-kindergarten children to senior citizens to learn about our region's natural and cultural resources.

The Museum provides a variety of educational programs, both on- and off-site, that incorporate a diversity of teaching techniques and include a high degree of object-based learning and exploratory learning situations. On-going efforts to incorporate 21st Century learning skills into the Museums programs are enhancing the Museum's impact on and relevance to its audiences. Tallahassee Tree to Tree Adventures course now makes it possible for the Museum to offer a variety of special programs as well as team building for businesses, groups, and individuals.

Cultural events provide the public with one- and two-day events that include Swamp Stomp Music Festival, Tallahassee Jazz and Blues Festival, Market Days Arts and Crafts Show, Halloween Howl, Saturday Matinee of the Arts, and others. These festivals play an important role in the Museum’s destination marketing efforts to audiences outside of the Leon County.

The Museum has a strong philosophical and financial commitment to ensuring that its programs are accessible to as broad an audience as possible. This commitment is reflected in the development and implementation of core programs; the Museum’s marketing, PR and promotional activities; and, its operational budgets and policies.

 

 
Description

The Museum collects, preserves, and conserves historic buildings and artifacts, live animals and natural science specimens, and archival materials that are reflective of and supportive to its mission. The Museum uses its collections in its permanent and temporary exhibits, to augment traveling exhibitions, and serve as invaluable resource for scholarly research. Through these research activities, the Museum contributes to the base of published knowledge on our state and region’s history, cultural pathways, natural environment, and indigenous wildlife. An important component of the Museum's mission is its public trust responsibility, which is fulfilled by professionally caring for and studying the collection items in its custody.

Budget $100,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Museum Collections Conservation
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Program Success Monitored By x
Description

Education is central to the Museum’s mission and offers a broad diversity of opportunities to learn about our region's natural and cultural resources. The Museum's education programs have a significant impact on local and regional audiences of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds. Cultural events provide the public with one- and two-day events that include Swamp Stomp Music Festival, Tallahassee Jazz and Blues Festival, Market Days Arts and Crafts Show, Halloween Howl, Saturday Matinee of the Arts, and others. These cultural festivals play an important role in the Museum’s destination marketing efforts to audiences living outside of the Leon County/Tallahassee region.

Budget $1,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Museum Audience Services
Population Served Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Families
Program Success Monitored By x
Description

The Museum offers permanent and temporary exhibits.The Museum has 32 permanent exhibition areas ranging from the historic farmstead to the Florida Wildlife Trail to Jim Gary’s 20thCentury Dinosaurs. The Museum’s permanent exhibits provide tourists to our area with an excellent overview of Tallahassee/Leon County’s rich natural, historical, and cultural resources. The Museum’s newest attraction, Tallahassee Tree to Tree Adventures, provides new perspectives on our region’s natural environment, excellent outdoor exercise, and a new destination marketing opportunity for our community.

 

The Museum annually hosts temporary exhibits to supplement and/or enrich the permanent exhibits and educational programs. Temporary exhibits incorporate traveling exhibits originating from organizations such as the Smithsonian Institution, various museums, private collectors, as well as temporary exhibits produced from the Museum’s own collections. These temporary exhibits also include borrowed animals from other zoos for display. Numerous smaller temporary exhibits are hosted in the Museum’s Discovery Center, Visitor Center, and Natural Science Building. These cameo exhibits highlight regional artists and recent collection acquisitions or features.

Budget $10,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Museum Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Adults, Families
Program Success Monitored By x
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Michael Carter
Company Affiliation Carr, Riggs and Ingram LLC
Term Oct 2015 to Sept 2017
Email mcarter@cricpa.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms Jeanne Allen Law, Redd, Crona & Munroe, P.A.
Mr. Michael Carter Carr, Riggs and Ingram, LLC
Ms Linda Dilworth KMR Consultants
Mr. Robert C. Downie IIRobert Downie Consulting LLC
Ms Chrissy Graves Carlton Fields, PA
Ms Malinda Horton Florida Association of Museums
Mr. Kent B. Hutchinson Retired
Chris Kraft Karft Nissean
Scott Maddox Community Leader
Mr. Tom McPherson Retired
Mr. Charles Redding Genesis Group
Mr. Mike Rupp Ragz Shirts
Ms Jane G. Sauls Leon County Commissioner, District 2
Mr. Rob Vickers CDM Smith
Mr. Alan Williams Florida House of Representative, District 8
Mr. Michelle Wilson Banyan Tree Companies
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 7
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 69%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Audit
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Russell S. Daws
Term Start Oct 1990
Email rdaws@tallahasseemuseum.org
Experience Russell S. Daws, with 37 years of museum experience, has directed the Tallahassee Museum since 1990. His commitment to helping people gain a better understanding of their history and role in nature has been demonstrated through the Museum and far beyond. Mr. Daws serves on numerous boards,including the Florida Association of Museums (President 1996-1998), the Leon County Tourist Development Council, Florida Foresight, Visit Florida's Cultural Heritage Tourism Committee and Public Relations Committee and the Big Bend Scenic Byway Corridor Management Entity. Mr. Daws also serves as a museum accreditation reviewer for the American Association of Museums. He has served as a grant reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington D.C and as a grant panelist for the State of Florida's History Museums and Science & Youth Museums grant programs. Mr. Daws has provided service to the Florida Association of Museums Foundation and the Tallahassee Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, serving as board chairman for both organizations. He has contributed board and advisory service to a variety of organizations including the Claude Pepper Center/Foundation, FSU Museum Studies Program, 4H, the Girl Scouts, Junior League, and several national museum boards, civic organizations, and publications. He has also been an adjunct faculty member for Antioch College and Temple University, and an instructor for FSU. Prior to his arrival in Tallahassee, Mr. Daws served in several leadership positions with the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia where he worked for 15 years.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mr. Lane Green - Sept 1990
Senior Staff
Title Director of Finance
Experience/Biography
Title Chief Curator
Experience/Biography Twenty seven years of museum experience encompassing exhibition design and development; collection care, documentation, and policy development; historic structure preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation; and pure and applied research for program, exhibition, and collection documentation. Successfully written and administered federal, state, and private conservation, historic preservation, and general operating grants. MS, library science, BS, studio art.
Title Director of Marketing & Membership
Experience/Biography
Title Director of Education
Experience/Biography
Staff
Full Time Staff 16
Part Time Staff 47
Volunteers 700
Contractors 10
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
External Assessment and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
American Association of Museums - 10 Year Accreditation2008
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01 2014
Fiscal Year End Sept 30 2015
Projected Revenue $2,626,433.00
Projected Expenses $2,554,470.00
Endowment Value $445,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
9902011
9902010
Audit or In-House Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Dtermination
Detailed Financials
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Nonprofit Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science, Inc.
Address 3945 Museum Drive
Tallahassee, FL 323106325
Primary Phone 850 575-8684
Donate with a credit card http://www.tallahasseemuseum.org/give
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Russell S. Daws
Board Chair Mr. Michael Carter
Board Chair Company Affiliation Carr, Riggs and Ingram LLC
Year of Incorporation 1957
Former Names
Tallahassee Junior Museum, Inc.