Summer Fun: Miami Museums

Friday, July 21, 2017

Try something new this summer and explore all five of Miami University’s museums. All museums are open to the public, free of charge and offer great opportunities for advanced learning in multiple subjects. Bring the whole family along for a guided tour or exploring on your own.

Read a little bit about each museum below, but be sure to visit them for yourself for a deeper experience!

Patterson Place Museum

Located in Patterson Place, a house on Western campus, this museum houses a large collection of memorabilia from Miami University’s Western College. The house is named after James R. Patterson, a Miami University trustee, and became the home to Miami University presidents beginning in 1914. Stop in to see paintings, furniture and artifacts from Western College. Visit anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information, please visit the museum’s website.

Karl E. Limper Geology Museum

Filled with minerals, rocks, fossils and meteorites, the Karl E. Limper Geology Museum displays hundreds of the department’s best specimens. The museum also houses an OmniGlobe digital display that’s 4 feet in diameter. Enjoy looking at all the specimens and exploring information on the globe. The museum is housed in Miami University’s Shideler Hall. Visit anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information, please visit the museum’s website.

Hefner Museum of Natural History

This museum was established by Robert A. Hefner, former chair of Miami University’s Department of Zoology. Hefner started the museum to display many of the department’s artifacts. The museum houses over 53,000 specimens and is sure to be a good learning experience for anyone who visits. The museum is housed in Upham Hall on Miami University’s campus. Visit anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information, please visit the museum’s website.

McGuffey Museum

Take a step back in history and learn more about William Holmes McGuffey, the author of the McGuffey Eclectic Reader, one of the nation’s most influential schoolbooks used by children after the Civil War. The series was written by McGuffey with the help of his brother, Alexander Hamilton McGuffey. Recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1966, this museum is one you won’t want to miss! Visit anytime between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m., Thursday-Saturday. For more information, please visit the museum’s website.

Miami University Art Museum

Tucked back in the beauty of Western campus is three acres of park grounds that houses the Miami University Art Museum. Filled with over 17,000 pieces of art, the collection is continually growing. Staff at the museum aim to create a learning environment for visitors, as well as foster people with a deeper engagement with the arts. The museum is being renovated and will reopen August 29. Be sure to visit and see the new changes being made! For more information, please visit the museum’s website.