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Wilbur D. May Center

1595 N Sierra St, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, Reno, NV 89503-1716
+1 775-785-5961
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Reno Conference

This is probably the only thing to see in Reno that is so unique to the area that you won't find it... read more

Reviewed 17 May 2018
871wesr
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
Very impressed

Wow, what a great experience! A very small museum but very impressive. It is a window into one... read more

Reviewed 9 May 2018
Msadrbl
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Reno, Nevada
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The Wilbur D. May Center is a year-round destination for people of all ages. It contains a museum, arboretum, and botanical garden - dedicated to preserving the legacy of Wilbur May, a Reno rancher, world traveler, and philanthropist. The museum contains a beautiful permanent collection of rare and exotic artifacts and animals from around the world. The 20+ acre arboretum and botanical garden features beautiful plants, trees, and flowers, along with hidden groves, ponds, waterfalls, and a meditation labyrinth.
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  • Average5%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1595 N Sierra St, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, Reno, NV 89503-1716
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Reviewed 17 May 2018

This is probably the only thing to see in Reno that is so unique to the area that you won't find it duplicated anywhere else. Entrepreneur, rancher, and pilot (among other things), Wilbur D. May collected a large number of very unique items from around...More

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Reviewed 9 May 2018

Wow, what a great experience! A very small museum but very impressive. It is a window into one mans extraordinary life. I felt the displays in this museum were extremely well done. It is definitely worth a visit. It will only take about an hr...More

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Reviewed 7 December 2017

I really enjoyed seeing Mr. May's collections of glass, taxidermy animals from his travels in Africa, S. America, etc., weapons, etc. He was from the May Co. family. The gift shop is great, and sells things from the places in the world that he visited....More

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Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

Wilbur May museum is definitely worth a visit while in Reno - although I visited in November - I reckon the best time of year to visit would b in the spring n early summer - the grounds should b quite colorful then. The gift...More

2  Thank 436judithb
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

Peaceful, awesome exhibits, the arboritum..............what a great place for families, for a peaceful walk and to sow of Reno to newcomers

Thank Dianne K
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Reviewed 29 September 2017

There was so much to see in the museum. I loved the trophy room And learning about Wilber. The arburetem was great too

Thank Jill D
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Reviewed 20 September 2017

What is surprise to find this amazing display of the life and travels of Mr. May. Although small all of the displays required being seated at the supplied comfortable benches to view the exhibits. A real treat.

Thank luckyus1949
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

We had our 11 year old grandson visiting this spring so we added W.D. May Center to our 'to do' list and he loved it...and well, so did we! Beautiful gardens and the Museum is so interesting to all age groups. We especially enjoyed learning...More

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Reviewed 3 August 2017

We love taking out of town visitors. Interesting museum and beautiful botanical gardens. Great for young, old, families, couples, really anyone. Many nice places to sit and rest or just enjoy the wonderful gardens. Great options on a warm summer day.

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Reviewed 28 July 2017

We have had 3-4 visits to the Wilbur D. May Center, located on the north side of Reno. It consists of several acres of botanical beauty with informative signs regarding the type of vegetation you are viewing. Has several nice sitting areas throughout the park....More

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Response from Deborah R | Reviewed this property |
The current exhibit, Toytopia, is $8.00 for kids, $9.00 for adults, and the admission price allows you entrance to the museum as well. Not sure about the hours, I usually go on the weekends when I have my grandchildren.
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