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Museum Hours

Winter Break Hours

The Museum will be closed for Winter Break from December 23, 2021 through January 2, 2022, and will re-open on January 3.

Museum Hours and Visiting Information

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

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.


Watch the 47th Hefner Lecture, Now on YouTube


You can now watch the 47th Hefner Lecture featuring Rita R. Colwell, Ph.D., on the Museum's YouTube Channel.   Among many other accomplishments, Dr. Colwell is the first female director of the NSF and author of the recent book "A Lab of One's Own: One Woman's Personal Journey Through Sexism in Science." She has authored 18 other books, 800 scientific publications, and her contributions to science and public health have been recognized with 62 honorary degrees.

  • Click here to watch the 47th Hefner Lecture on YouTube
  • Click here to watch Rita Colwell's Professional Biology Department Seminar