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Address: 1595 N. Sierra, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, Reno, NV 89503
Phone Number: 7757855961
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: 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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Paradise

Loved the museum or visitor's center but completely loved the outside walking area. For us, it was just about as close to walking in paradise as you can get. SO many tree's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 12, 2015
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Victorville, California, United States
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Victorville, California, United States
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Loved the museum or visitor's center but completely loved the outside walking area. For us, it was just about as close to walking in paradise as you can get. SO many tree's, paths, birds, and other animals around. The grounds are free to walk but I think the museum costs or accepts donations at least. Well worth finding and visiting!

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Tucker, Georgia, United States
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26 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

My 10-year-old son and I enjoyed this unique little museum. Wilbur D. May was a world traveler and adventure-seeker, and had a bit of the appreciation of the weird and wonderful that you might expect from Ripley. There was quite a bit of taxidermy. I find that a bit odd, but my 10-year-old son definitely enjoys it :-P

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Sparks, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

I brought 3 children to this exhibit at the Wilbur D May Center. They enjoyed being GROSSED out. Lots of laughing. The interactive parts of the exhibit were awesome. At the end of the exhibit the staff offered us a chance at a scavenger hunt. The kids had a great time "finding" their list of things. Wonderful day out.

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Oak Harbor, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We visited this museum because of the "Grossology" exhibit that was visiting. Parts of the exhibit didn't work quite right, but it was still fun. I could see younger children having a blast making farting noises and burps. Just don't smell the feet or armpits! I almost threw up! The normal exhibit was very interesting. Wilbur May certainly was quite... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This is always on our list to share with people who come to visit us. We also love the special events that happen there and always buy something from the gift shop that has unusual and fun stuff.

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San Carlos, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The Wilbur D. May Center in the Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno is a very cool and interesting museum that is great for kids--there is a scavenger hunt for the kids and interesting artifacts from Wilbur's journeys around the world. Wilbur D. May traveled around the world 40 times, so the museum is filled with tons of cool... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Small area inside of the larger Ranchos Park (there is an off-leash dog run at the 'top' of the park) with a beautiful garden for wandering during hot months or admiring the flowers during the blooming season. The visitors center has some questionable and phenomenal exhibits. If you happen upon an open exhibit pay the entrance fee and go for... More 

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Danville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Very interesting museum. May was a Zelig-like character who was in many important chapters in American history. He was quite the colorful adventurer. There's a very large, meandering arboretum along side if you have the time. Highest recommendation

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Woodland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This museum was one of the nicest I have visited. The exhibits were well presented and the grounds were impeccable. A creative staff clearly thought out how Mr. May's collections could be shared with the public. They also host weddings and other events on this lovely property which also houses an indoor garden. A nice destination for travelers.

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

There are really unique displays. We love the giant dinosaurs. There are also things for kids to touch and do.

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