We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

May Natural History Museum of the Tropics

Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 710 Rock Creek Canyon Rd, Colorado Springs, CO
Phone Number: 719/576-0450
Website
Improve this listing
Today
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 27 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 11
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Inexpensive quick side trip

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 18, 2015
bnkowalik
,
Yulee, Florida
Add Photo Write a Review

27 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Level Contributor
45 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Level Contributor
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
28 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Texas
Level Contributor
36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Yulee, Florida
Level Contributor
92 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Denver, Colorado
Level Contributor
19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
denver
Level Contributor
25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Level Contributor
53 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

This place is a little off the beaten track, but is so cool. There are tons of insects, butterflies, and other critters here to be viewed. It's a very small fee that you pay and a very unique experience. I highly recommend it!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Phoenix, Arizona
Level Contributor
233 reviews
110 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

The man who began this collection was the father of the people who run the Golden Eagle Campground, where it is located. Watch for the Big Beetle on the roadside embankment at the entrance to the campground. The collection is from a life time of travel and examples of specimens taken from where this man went, all carefully pinned and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Aurora, Colorado
Level Contributor
28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

If you have children or grandchildren and are visiting Colorado Springs, do not miss this terrific museum. There are magnificent collections of beetles, moths, butterflies, and many other insects from various parts of the world. My 5-year-old granddaughter was mesmerized. Although the condition of the complex is not as well taken care of as it used to be ( when... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2

Travelers who viewed May Natural History Museum of the Tropics also viewed

Colorado Springs, El Paso County
Colorado Springs, El Paso County
 
Colorado Springs, El Paso County
Colorado Springs, El Paso County
 

Been to May Natural History Museum of the Tropics? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from May Natural History Museum of the Tropics staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?