Museum News

  • Miami students and faculty aboard a sleigh, 1922We are open regular hours during Winter Term. Bring your friends and tour the historic McGuffey House and Museum!

    Miami students and faculty on a sled, 1922
    From the Collection of Frank R. Snyder,
    Miami University Archives

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.