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Address: 1595 N. Sierra, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, Reno, NV 89503
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+1 775-785-5961
12:00 - 16:00
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The Wilbur D. May Center is a year-round destination for people of all...

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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We went during the Toytopia. A must see if this ever comes back to the museum. So the museum has a section of Wilburs life which is amazing to see at any time. Sometimes the... read more

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Michelle J
Reno, Nevada, United States
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Reno, Nevada, United States
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4 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went during the Toytopia. A must see if this ever comes back to the museum. So the museum has a section of Wilburs life which is amazing to see at any time. Sometimes the museum will put on extra exhibits such as the Toytopia. We have also made a visit during a dinosaur exhibit. This is a great little... More 

Thank Michelle J
Sonora, California
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113 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small but excellent little museum. The collections are well displayed with regional insects mixed in with the area artifacts, taxidermies animals and period furniture, gun collections and home furnishings. I enjoyed it and understand that Wilbur May was a hunter prior to endangered species recognized as a problem, even though plenty of endangered species were stuffed and... More 

Thank sandygreenberg
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wilbur D. May was an adventurer and hunter. This museum shows the artifacts of this amazing man's life, while having awesome special exhibits that change periodically. Not for those who are overly squeamish, as Mr. May was a hunter that saved his kills by some beautiful taxidermy and there are eclectic knick knacks from all over the world. I don't... More 

Thank Peggy V
San Diego, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stumbled upon this museum while walking in the San Rafael Regional Park. Wilbur May was an amazing individual, and we're so glad we paid the $8 to get in. His collections from his global travels are indeed impressive! From Africa to the Far East, he collected treasures and trinkets from all corners of the globe. There is a short... More 

Thank Navy_Lady
Sparks, Nevada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Husband & I took our five grandkids - ages 6 - 16 to see the Toytopia exhibit. Cost about $50. All of the kids including myself enjoyed the exhibits. There were some really great hands-on activities. The best were the vintage (LOL) video games, you know like Ms. Pac-Man & others. The kids really enjoyed those older machines that once... More 

Thank Dianne B
Pleasant Hill, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Curisosity and time to kill. Obviously May was a character of his time as far as trophy hunting but his philanthopy is noteworthy. His interest in foreign cultures can be deduced from his souveniers.

Thank Ray F
Reno, Nevada
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215 reviews
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Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

I've been here a few times now for several different exhibitions, it's a nice sized museum with plenty to do to while away a couple hours on a rainy day. The exhibitions I have attended have all been enjoyable and children oriented. The staff are very nice and friendly and go out of their way to make sure that you... More 

Thank Sharon W
Sparks, Nevada
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Reviewed 20 January 2017

My grandchildren, ages 7 and 9, especially love the exhibits at Wilbur May. Even when there are no exhibits they enjoy looking at the museum which contains MANY of Mr. May's personal items. We usually look through the museum, then continue on the the HUGE park. There are several playgrounds for the kids, a separate dog park, really nice picnic... More 

Thank Deborah R
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Reviewed 19 January 2017

Take in the museum and adjacent arboretum. There are event rooms, as well. Decent gift store. This is also a good place to take kids.

Thank zephyrcon
Reno, Nevada
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Reviewed 14 January 2017

I've been going here since my children were little. The Exhibits are great, like the Dinosaurs, Reptiles, etc, But, I also love walking through the arboretum/outdoor path area, as it has hills and the right amount of benches. All of the trees have plaques telling the types/species, so it's a great learning area for adults and children.

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