Museum Hours

Though the Museum is closed to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Miami students and classes can access the Museum by appointment. The Museum Discovery Trunks and related objects are available for loan to any educator. Please call 708-937-6253 to reserve resources or schedule Museum use.

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.


Link to the 2020 Hefner Lecture

Watch the 2020 Hefner Lecture "From Evolving Dragonflies to Invading Lanternflies: How Your Observations Can Lead to Amazing Discoveries" online!