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Children in the Imaginarium bird nest
 Children in the Mollusc Gallery
 Children completing an inquiry activity in the Imaginarium

Hours of Operation

Saturday Hours!
We are open the following Saturdays in Fall Semester 2021 from 10am-2pm.  Be sure to check out the Museum and its galleries.
September 11, 18, 25
October 2, 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20
December 4,11

The Hefner Museum is open to the public from 9am-4pm Monday - Friday and several Saturdays from 10am-2pm.

  • Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm
  • Closed Sundays and all University holidays; note Saturday hours above

The Hefner Museum follows the schedule of Miami University regarding opening/closings.  The Museum is open to the public, Miami students and classes.  If you have questions or wish to schedule an appointment, contact Steven Sullivan,, (708) 937-6253.

Our early childhood discovery center, the Imaginarium, is closed while we administer a much needed facelift thanks to the Ohio Environmental Education Fund. We look forward to reopening in spring 2022 when you will be able to enjoy an Imaginarium for all ages. Thanks for your patience. 


Hefner Museum of Natural History
Miami University
100 Upham Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
Phone: 513-529-4618



The Hefner Museum is located in 100 Upham Hall. There are two accessible entrances at Upham Hall, directly off the bend of the horseshoe of Bishop Woods and a ramp that is located on the opposite end of the building facing the campus Hub (Roudebush side of the building).

Driving Directions

From the south, take US 27 N to Oxford. US 27 N becomes Patterson Ave. Continue straight for the next three lights at Patterson/Chestnut, Patterson/Spring, and Patterson/High Street. Turn left at the first 4-way stop onto Withrow. North Campus Parking Garage will be on your left.

From the north, take US 27 S into Oxford, which becomes High Street. Turn left onto Patterson Ave. Turn left at the first 4-way stop onto Withrow. North Campus Parking garage will be on your left.

Parking Information

Visitors driving to Miami need to park at the North Campus Garage located below the Engineering Building.

Accessible parking is located on north side of Hughes Hall along the access lane from High Street, further up the access lane at the bend of the horseshoe on Bishop Woods walking path, and in Roudebush parking lot, also located off High Street. 

Garage Information

There is a $1.50 minimum parking fee for the first hour. It is .50 for each additional hour. These rates are subject to change. At the entrance to the parking garage, push the button to obtain a ticket to enter the parking garage. Park on lowest level- red (P1), second level-yellow (P2), or top level- blue (P3). Remember the floor where you parked. Visitors take the elevator to Ground Floor, exit the building at the glass doors, and walk across High Street. Keep walking straight to Upham Hall, which will be on the right at the bend of the horseshoe walking path past Laws Hall. Hughes Hall will be to your left. Hefner Museum is located in Upham Hall on the 1st floor, Rm 100.

When leaving campus, take the elevator in the Engineering Building to your level. To exit the parking garage, cash may be paid on the second floor, P2 (yellow) parking level, at the kiosk located outside the elevator.  Credit card is accepted at the exit of the parking garage.

The Hefner Museum eagerly anticipates your next visit. Until then, stay healthy.