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The Institute of Museum and Library Services completed in 2008 the first major review of public finance for the museum sector. It explores public support from federal, state, and local government sources, focusing particular attention on levels of financial support and types of delivery mechanisms.
This is one of the few studies to examine U.S. museums as a sector separate from other cultural institutions. The museum sector includes aquariums, arboretums, botanical gardens, art museums, children’s museums, general museums, historic houses and history museums, nature centers, natural history and anthropology museums, planetariums, science and technology centers, specialized museums, and zoos.
 
You can read the report in a pdf file (2.4 MB). 
 
The following is a summary of statistics about federal funding for museums in Oregon. For comparison purposes, Oregon had the 28th largest state population in 2000.
 
Museum Funding from IMLS, NSF, NEH, NEA and Earmarks, 2000-2006 (ppg. 61-62)

 
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2000-06
Rank
OR
244,544
1,234,167
4,285,264
3,430,662
2,455,284
659,516
451,613
12,761,049
28
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Federal Grant Funding to Museums from IMLS, NSF, NEA, and NEH, by state, 2000-06 (ppg. 55-56)

 
IMLS
NSF
NEA
NEH
Total Across Four Agencies
National Ranking
Oregon
2,029,196
6,666,751
0
96,396
8,792,342
17
 
23.1%
75.8%
0%
1.1%
 
 
National
205,111,551
289,300,379
32,996,063
101,455,723
628,863,716
 
 
32.6%
46%
5.2%
16.1%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Grants to Museums, by state (Oregon), 2000-06 (ppg. 98-105)

 
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
Total
2000-06
Rank
IMLS
164,675
191,733
583,074
662,134
58,234
326,355
42,900
2,029,196
28
NSF
71,950
813,738
2,178,202
2,390,528
1,212,333
0
0
6,666,751
9
NEA
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
49 (tie)
NEH
7,919
57,945
11,147
0
10,672
0
8,713
96,396
41
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Grants to Museums, per capita (Oregon), 2000-06 (ppg. 98-105)

 
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
Total
2000-06
Rank
IMLS
4.8
5.5
16.5
18.6
1.6
9.0
1.2
57.2
33
NSF
2.1
23.4
61.8
67.1
33.8
0
0
188.2
8
NEA
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
49 (tie)
NEH
0.2
1.7
0.3
0.0
0.3
0.0
0.2
2.7
45
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Number of Grants to Museums from IMLS, NSF, NEA and NEH, 2000-06 (pg. 106)

 
IMLS
NSF
NEH
NEA
Total
Rank
Oregon
50
6
8
0
64
32
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Number of Earmarks to States by Fiscal Year, FY 2001-2006 (pg. 107)

 
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
Total 2001-06
Rank
Oregon
3
3
3
2
2
1
14
25 (tie)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Earmarks to Museums, by state, 2001-06 (pg. 57-58)

 
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
Total 2001-2006
National Ranking
Oregon
170,751
1,512,840
378,000
1,173,954
333,161
400,000
3,968,707
33
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total Federal Dollars to Museums, Per Capita, 2006 (substitute pg. 108)

 
IMLS
NSF
NEA
NEH
Earmarks
Total
Rank
Oregon
1.2
0
0
0.2
10.8
12.2
39
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
U.S. avg.
10.5
11.4
1.8
4.1
21.9
49.7
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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