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May Natural History Museum of the Tropics

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Address: 710 Rock Creek Canyon Rd, Colorado Springs, CO
Phone Number: 719/576-0450
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Great get away without being away

Our family enjoys visiting at least once a year. We bring the camper and stay at the campground. The kids love to fish and play. We take long walks. It is close to home but just... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 14, 2015
Sherry D
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Penrose, Colorado
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Penrose, Colorado
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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

Our family enjoys visiting at least once a year. We bring the camper and stay at the campground. The kids love to fish and play. We take long walks. It is close to home but just like a.mini vacation while still close to town.

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Lakewood, Colorado
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

For 50-some years, I had driven Highway 115 between Colorado Springs and Cañon City on the way to the mountain wonders of the Wet Mountains and the Sangre de Christo Range of southern Colorado. Recently, October 15, 2015, we decided, serendipitously, to stop where the big beetle beckoned, and we were glad we did! The largest private collection of insects... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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27 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Don't let the bad reviews fool you! This place is a gem! If you like oddities and things off the beaten path then this is the place! Its like a time capsule... a sort of bizarre little museum that hasn't been changed in years. Yes, its raggedy and the space museum part is more of a joke, but the bug... More 

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Thank SKC P
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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59 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 via mobile

The May insect collection (it is almost uniquely insects and arachnids) is a beautiful and very extensive collection, but unfortunately the display makes it appear as a carnival side show instead of a truly world class collection conducted by a learned scientist who dedicated his passion and life to the collection. There are myriad endangered or even extinct exemplars in... More 

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Thank Eric L
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This is a must see of the world's largest private bug collection started in 1903 by Mr. May. All the bugs are in his original mounts with his descriptions. Fascinating collection. Some bugs you will never see again in your life. Museum is run by his family.

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Thank Erin L
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28 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015 via mobile

Kind of cool to see all of the different bugs and the dates and areas that the bugs came from. Wasn't originally in our plans but the weather wasn't cooperating so we had to find something to do inside.

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Thank Emily C
Texas
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36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 via mobile

It's a run down old building filled with a collection of bugs that are quite frightening. The kids loved it though and while i will have nightmares I suppose worth it.

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Thank abdingle
Yulee, Florida
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92 reviews
43 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015 via mobile

Our two kids loved all the bugs. It was super inexpensive compared to some other stops we have made around town. There were so many different specimens; lots of which I hope to never run into in the wild. This is a must do if you have an hour of free time in Colorado Springs.

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Denver, Colorado
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19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

This marvelous FAMILY OWNED museum really should be listed as the eighth wonder of the world, since it houses the largest, most complete insect collection in the entire world. This collection has taken GENERATIONS to build, and even caught the attention of Walt Disney himself, who actually visited this wonderful place. There's even a AAA approved CAMPGROUND, which is part... More 

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denver
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25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Kids love it. I never knew some when was even collecting insects from a all over the world. It opened my eyes to a VAST and even beautiful specimens. Well preserved. Gift shop has plenty to choose from. Snacks drinks and clean restrooms available. Located south of colorado springs about 3-6 miles. Entrance opposite of Fort Carson army center's gate... More 

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