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Wilbur D. May Center

1595 N. Sierra, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, Reno, NV 89503
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Ranked #24 of 70 attractions in Reno
Type: Art Museums, Gardens, Specialty Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Reno, Nevada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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101 reviews 101 reviews
22 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Seattle
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91 reviews 91 reviews
61 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

All the collections of one man who traveled the globe and hunted and more. Too many dead large African animals, esp, predators, for me - a replica of his trophy room is there. What was galling to me was the museum sign write up explaining how hunting is a necessary culling of animals in the wild... bad message when so... More

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Samantha S, Manager at Wilbur D. May Center, responded to this review

I'm sorry that you were disturbed by the hunting information! It's a controversial topic to try to present to a museum audience. All 200 specimens in our collection are at least 50 years old. Wilbur began big game hunting in the 1930s - the golden era for safaris and a time when conservation wasn't of much concern. Later big game... More

Reno, Nevada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Go here and enjoy 13 acres of beauty and awe. This is one of the nicest places in the Reno area to go and enjoy an hour or a day. Take lunch and go enjoy yourself for a few hours.

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Winnemucca, Nevada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

The Wilbur D May Museum islike walking into someones home inKenya or somewhere fantastic he has been. His hunting trophys are all over the main museum and the story of his life the things he collected, the guns he used, all seem to be placed in the rooms with care and understanding of a project that he wanted to share... More

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Reno, Nevada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

The Wilbur D. May Center is always a required visit when the grandkids come to stay. There are great exhibits that change and experiences to try. The permanent exhibit donated from the May Family is incredible. Come, see, experience, enjoyl.

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Reno, Nevada
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67 reviews 67 reviews
33 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Wilbur May was a renown entrepreneur in Reno, NV. This museum incorporates items he collected and shot on his world adventures. The museum usually has a great kid's interactive science exhibit during the spring months.

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USA
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165 reviews 165 reviews
112 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Please Note: We only visited the arboretum. Pros: Some nice flowers, a good collection of trees from all parts of the country and other continents. The trails were well marked. The few water features add to the landscape. Cons: Small, plant names could have been better marked.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Visited area with kids. Spent nearly an entire day here. Perfect weather and surrounding park was fantastic -- lots of open spaces for kids to run and explore. The museum was fun (Creatures exhibit) -- kids got a kick out of it and the staff was VERY nice. Much of the gardens are in disrepair -- log flume ride is... More

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