What to Look For?
Our Main Gallery
The heart of the Hefner Museum is the Main Gallery, 100 Upham Hall. It features an engaging array of permanent and rotating exhibits and displays, and showcases many of the Hefner's most beloved specimens, including a great Kodiak bear, a passenger pigeon, mammoth bones, and a manatee. Highlights include the following:
The Vernal Pool: A Spring Phenomenon
What's In A Name? Classifying Organisms
Ohio: Where The Wild Things Are
The Egg Case
The Naturalist's Desk
The Web of Life
Home: We All Live Somewhere!
Environmental Modification and An Environmental Ethic
The Center Cabinet
The Cycle of Life
Hoofs, Horns, Antlers, and Claws
The Paul M. Daniel Classroom
The Paul Daniel Classroom (106 Upham Hall) is a primary gathering place at the Center and is used for group inquiries, hands-on activities, and workshops. Exhibits around the room highlight the diversity within animal groups: coral, sponges, insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, and birds.
Paul Daniel Classroom
The Mollusc Gallery
Opened in 2011, the Mollusc Gallery houses more than 25,000 specimens from marine, freshwater, and terrestrial habitats. The exhibits in this beautiful pearl of a space was largely designed by Miami undergraduates in a professional writing class taught by Dr. Jean Lutz of the Department of English.
The Imaginarium (Closed until Spring 2022)
Designed with young children in mind, the Imaginarium (112 Upham Hall) is an interactive space where children explore and learn about animals and habitats. The large ecosystem murals and magnetic animal pictures, animal costumes, larger-than-life bird nests, model decomposing logs, and beehives all invite children to play and discover.