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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.  

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. 

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, submit your ticket to the machine and pay by card at the tollgate.

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