class exploring Indian Creek
 Bishop Woods
 white flowers
 Children doing scavenger hunt
Logo for the Hefner Museum of Natural History

Due to recent concerns involving the coronavirus, Miami University is holding classes online for the remainder of the semester.  During this time, the Museum will remain closed. However, we do offer outreach through our Educational Resources page.  


The Robert A. 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.


Hefner Lecture 2019

Kay Holekamp: A hyena's tale

We had a great Hefner Lecture that featured Kay Holekamp's work with hyena's. 

Kay Holecamp holding hyena

Hefner Museum Hours



Closed until further notice due to Coronavirus. Stay healthy. 

Always Free and Open to the Public

Thank you to our generous supporters and volunteers!

Meet Some of Our Volunteers

Volunteers at Earthfest in Oxford sitting at a table with pelts, skulls and shells for the public to touch.Our volunteers work tirelessly to teach the public about the nature around them. Volunteers, Ashley Kramer. Sean Longbrake, Christine Kemmerly, and Allison Abas, man a table at Earthfest in uptown Oxford.