Museum News

  • Museum Closing Early August 25

    Exterior of McGuffey House

    The McGuffey House and Museum will close at 4 p.m. on Friday, August 25th in observance of William Shawver's and Anita Byrd's Retirements from the University.

  • McGuffey House and Museum Program and Ice Cream Social September 15 »

    Curtis Ellison The public is cordially invited to McGuffey House and Museum’s Annual State of the Museum Meeting Friday afternoon, September 15, from 4 – 6 p.m. This year’s event will be held at 401 E. Spring Street under a lawn tent.

    The featured speaker is Curtis Ellison, who will discuss McGuffey Museum & the Sense of the Past in Miami’s ‘National University’ Era. At the conclusion of the program, ice cream, cookies and lemonade will be served.

    The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Sue Gambrell at or 529-1887.

  • Annual McGuffey Field Trip: Veraestau Mansion and Hillforest Museum, Aurora, IN »

    A good time was had by all at the annual McGuffey Field Trip!

    View from Veraestau
    Overlooking the Ohio
    Group photo, McGuffey Field Trip

From Our Collection

  • Octagonal Table

    McGuffey's octagonal table, possibly where he wrote the first 4 Readers

    It is thought that McGuffey wrote the first four books in the series in this house, very possibly on this table.

  • 1840s Pie Safe

    Pie Safe Cupboard

    Poplar with pierced tin panels, 1840–1850

    Cupboards of this type were used for food storage. The pierced tin panels allowed air circulation without letting rodents and large insects foul the foodstuffs.

  • Bishop Sideboard

    Bishop Sideboard

    Mahogany, 1790–1815

    This sideboard belonged to the first president of Miami University, Robert Hamilton Bishop. Brought to Oxford by the Bishops in 1824, it stood in the entry hall of the Bishop home until the 1930s. In 1991, Dr. Jonathan S. Bishop donated the sideboard to Miami University and the McGuffey Museum.

  • Peter Bruner's top hat and hat box

    Peter Bruner Hat Box

    Overcoming years of slavery, voluntary service in the Union Army, and decades of manual labor, celebrated Oxford citizen Peter Bruner‟s life is a story worth telling and re-telling. The Museum collection includes his top hat and hat box.

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