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Address: 1595 N. Sierra, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, Reno, NV 89503
Phone Number: 7757855961
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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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 were looking for something to do and this little museum had so much to see. There was a snake exhibit with live snakes. There were many historical references and exhibits from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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75 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were looking for something to do and this little museum had so much to see. There was a snake exhibit with live snakes. There were many historical references and exhibits from all of Mr. May's travels. We thought it was a lot of fun.

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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Grandkids visiting. Excellent venue... The whole family enjoyed it. Had to some persuading to get everyone rounded up.

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Thank MickC434
Cottonwood Heights, Utah
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Small, but very enjoyable place to visit. Unusual items to purchase from different countries & there was a beautiful room filled with plants & trees to see. A nice place to stop & visit.

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1 Thank Phyllis H
Reno
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

A museum with lots of unique items from the personal collection of Wilbur May who settled in Reno in the 1930's. We attended a free exhibit of the Sierra Watercolor Society that was awesome!

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Thank George S
reno
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358 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

I attended a lecture here. The space was too small for what they were trying to offer. Also VERY HOT.

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Thank lew w
Victorville, California, United States
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29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
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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2 Thank Richard B
Tucker, Georgia, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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2 Thank Rachel L
Sparks, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 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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1 Thank Debbi D
Oak Harbor, Washington
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91 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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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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1 Thank SaraJane110
Reno, Nevada
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6 reviews
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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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