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Hefner Museum of Natural History

Connecting you to the nature in your neighborhood...and the world.

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.

Museum Hours and Visiting Information

The Hefner Museum is open to the public from 9am-4pm Monday - Friday.  

The Museum is closed on Miami University holidays, including Miami University's Spring Break, March 25-29th, 2024.  The museum will also close at 2pm on April 8 for the Solar Eclipse.  


Phase one of the museum's OEEF-funded renovation to the Imaginarium is complete, and the Imaginarium has re-opened! Come by and see the beautiful magnetic murals created by scientific illustrator and artist Julia Ferguson, and the hissing cockroaches in the new "Bugs Rule the World" exhibit. 

View Our Past Hefner Lectures

Our Staff

Staff members are available Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm, to help Miami faculty and staff incorporate specimens and exhibits into their classrooms or research programs. Faculty and staff are encourage to contact the Hefner to arrange a class visit, review and select specimens for classroom or lab use, and check out museum Discovery Trunks or other resources.

Steve Sullivan

Steve Sullivan, Director


Sullivan serves as the Director of the Hefner Museum of Natural History. Steve's passion for museums as a teaching tool began at an early age. By high school, he had transformed his parent's basement into "Steve's Museum"—a place where local kids could come to learn about the nature in their neighborhood through examining the living and preserved specimens Steve had collected. At Brigham Young University, while majoring in zoology and conservation biology, Steve worked at the university's museum of natural history, and volunteered at the museums of art and paleontology, and took courses through the museum of anthropology, learning more about the technical aspects of running a professional research and display institution.

Carla BlackmarCarla Blackmar, Exhibitions, Graphics, Cur. Tech.


Blackmar brings a diverse background in communications, ecology and design to her work at the Hefner Museum.  A lifelong gardener who has lived on both coasts, Carla is working to learn the flora and fauna of the Midwest while designing exhibits, communications materials and signage for the museum. Carla holds a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University, and a MA in City Planning from San Diego State University.

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Help us continue to teach visitors of all ages about animal biodiversity, conservation, and ecology.