Three images of plantsinside or near The Conservatory: a cactus, yellow flower growing in prairie area with Monarch butterfly, and cluster of tiny pink flowers with bee.
Close up of Panaric neglecta with cream petals with deep purple spots
Close up of white and lilac blooming flowers atop Echinopsis oxygona in desert room in The Conservatory.
Green leaf with yellow and orange colors outlining veins.
Close up of Calanthe  flower with magenta center and lilac and white outer petals
Close up of palm-like fronds
Interior of The Conservatory looking upwards to sky

The Conservatory

Open Hours

M: Closed
Tues-Fri: 9:00 am–1:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Sun: noon–4:00 pm

Director: Dr. Dan Gladish

Manager: Brian Grubb

About 4,460 square feet of The Conservatory is under glass. Within the building, 4,200 square feet is used for botanical displays and meeting space. The remaining 2,800 square feet is used for instruction, research, and service purposes. A plaza, gardens and outdoor art by a local artist enhances the entrance to The Conservatory.

Construction for The Conservatory began with a groundbreaking ceremony on September 1, 2004. A subsequent topping-off ceremony took place on April 22, 2005.


The mission of The Conservatory is to support the instructional and research programs of Miami University, to maintain a scientifically verified collection of plants, to enhance the knowledge and appreciation of plants through public education and interpretive programs, and to promote the conservation of natural resources.


For the betterment of the academic programs of Miami University and the schools and citizens of the region, The Conservatory of Miami University – Hamilton will have the largest fully documented collection of exotic plants in Butler County by the year 2010.

For additional information, contact 513.785.3086.

Art & Architecture

The Conservatory features many unique architecutral design and construction elements, including a unique, hipped octagonal design of the atrium roof. Also unique is the all-aluminum structure integrated into the masonry design and construction.

Visitors step into five different environmental control zones capable of maintaining independent temperatures and humidities for various plant collections or research. One zone is specifically designed for horticultural and botanical research with supplemental lighting and maximized growing plant table area.

With 11,000 square feet of glass installed, The Conservatory has an automatic shade system that can be controlled based on time, temperature, or light influence. Local artist John Maggard created the panels, The Thread of Life, a Botanical History, that adorn the outside of the building.