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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 9, 2015
Susie D
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Reno, Nevada
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Oak Harbor, Washington
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91 reviews 91 reviews
25 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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20 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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40 reviews 40 reviews
26 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Reno, Nevada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This place has been around for a while and always holds neat exhibits. One side is based on Wilbur D. May and the other side has exhibits like..snakes, king tut, dinosaurs and more. Keep an eye out, very cool.

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Reno, Nevada
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104 reviews 104 reviews
22 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Good quality of exhibits and very informative. good for the whole family. Especially interesting displays about Nevada's history and wildlife.

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Fresno, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

This museum is located within Rancho San Rafael Park. There is no fee to enter the park but there is a small fee to see the museum. Their natural history exhibits are a bit small but very detailed and thorough about the natural wildlife and history of Reno area, and extending into northern Nevada areas as well. The museum has... More 

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