Visiting the Museum

Children in the Imaginarium bird nest
 Children in the Mollusc Gallery
 Children completing an inquiry activity in the Imaginarium


The Hefner Museum will be closed Spring Semester 2020 due to Coronavirus. Stay healthy. 

parking map leading to the Hefner Museum. See page content for details.

Directions to Hefner Museum of Natural History

The Hefner Museum is located in 100 Upham Hall. There are two accessible entrances at Upham Hall, directly off the bend of the horseshoe of Bishop Woods and a ramp that is located on the opposite end of the building facing the campus Hub (Roudebush side of the building).

Driving Directions

From the south, take US 27 N to Oxford. US 27 N becomes Patterson Ave. Continue straight for the next three lights at Patterson/Chestnut, Patterson/Spring, and Patterson/High Street. Turn left at the first 4-way stop onto Withrow. North Campus Parking Garage will be on your left.

From the north, take US 27 S into Oxford, which becomes High Street. Turn left onto Patterson Ave. Turn left at the first 4-way stop onto Withrow. North Campus Parking garage will be on your left.

Parking Information

Visitors driving to Miami need to park at the North Campus Garage located below the Engineering Building.

Accessible parking is located on north side of Hughes Hall along the access lane from High Street, further up the access lane at the bend of the horseshoe on Bishop Woods walking path, and in Roudebush parking lot, also located off High Street. 

Garage Information

There is a $1.50 minimum parking fee for the first hour. It is .50 for each additional hour. These rates are subject to change. At the entrance to the parking garage, push the button to obtain a ticket to enter the parking garage. Park on lowest level- red (P1), second level-yellow (P2), or top level- blue (P3). Remember the floor where you parked. Visitors take the elevator to Ground Floor, exit the building at the glass doors, and walk across High Street. Keep walking straight to Upham Hall, which will be on the right at the bend of the horseshoe walking path past Laws Hall. Hughes Hall will be to your left. Hefner Museum is located in Upham Hall on the 1st floor, Rm 100.

When leaving campus, take the elevator in the Engineering Building to your level. To exit the parking garage, cash may be paid on the second floor, P2 (yellow) parking level, at the kiosk located outside the elevator.  Credit card is accepted at the exit of the parking garage.

The Hefner Museum eagerly anticipates your next visit! Tours−private, community, and school groups—are being planned now.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm
  • Closed weekends and all University holidays

Group Visits

Groups are welcome! School teachers can schedule a field trip for their students. Contact Julia Robinson ( to schedule your next group visit.