Visit the Museum
Plan Your Visit
Bring your class or group to the Hefner Museum of Natural History! Our programs are FREE, and we welcome both formal and informal learning groups. Our knowledgeable staff will guide your students as they explore our galleries and exhibits, participate in hands-on, inquiry-based activities, and experience the thrill of discovery as they take part in age-appropriate scavenger hunts. We have established programs for preK-12 students, or we can tailor a program to match your specific curriculum requirements. All programs and activities align with Ohio educational standards.
Museum Hours and Visiting Information
The Hefner Museum is open to the public from 9am-4pm Monday - Friday.
As you plan your visit during Summer 2023, confirm that the museum will be open by checking our hours at the link above.
The Museum is closed on University holidays, including:
- Monday, June 19 in celebration of Juneteenth
- Tuesday, July 4 in celebration of the 4th of July
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.
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.
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, submit your ticket to the machine and pay by card at the tollgate.