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Museum Hours and Visiting Information

The Hefner Museum is open to the public from 9am-4pm Monday - Friday.  

The Museum is closed University holidays, including: 

  • Monday, May 30, Memorial Day
  • Monday June 20, Juneteenth
  • Monday July 4, Independence Day

To coordinate school or group tours, contact Steve Sullivan at 708-937-6253 or email ( or Julie Robinson (

The Museum Discovery Trunks and related objects are available for loan to any educator. Please click here to review our education offerings.

The Imaginarium is getting a much needed facelift thanks to a grant from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund. We anticipate reopening the Imaginarium spring 2022. While we finish that work, we look forward to your visiting the Hefner Museum Main Gallery.

About the Hefner Museum

The Hefner Museum of Natural History uses exhibits, collections and specimens, and interactive programs to teach visitors of all ages about animal biodiversity, conservation, and ecology.

More than 60 years ago, Robert A. Hefner, Chair of the Department of Zoology at Miami University, established a museum to display the department's many specimens and artifacts. Before long, the museum became an integral part of many college courses, a favorite field trip for area school children, and an inviting destination for Oxford families. Today, it is a local fixture, having served generations of Miami students, faculty, and area residents. And while it houses more than 53,000 specimens, the Hefner Museum of Natural History is far more than the sum of its collections. It is an archive of experiences, a repository of memories, a keeper of stories.


Managing Deer in Miami's Natural Areas: Public Meeting

Picture of a deer announcing Public Meeting on Deer Management May 5, 7pm

The Miami University Natural Areas Committee held a public meeting on the topic of deer population management on University land on May 5.  The results of the meeting are an on the Miami Natural Areas Committee webpage.

Additional background information can be found on following two documents:

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