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“The Arboretum was enjoyable, the Museum was not!” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Wilbur D. May Center

Wilbur D. May Center
1595 N. Sierra, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, Reno, NV 89503
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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.
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“The Arboretum was enjoyable, the Museum was not!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

The arboretum was well worth the visit. Lots of flowers and flowering plants and at least one very beautiful water fountain on rolling hills. Plenty of spots to sit on a bench and enjoy the outdoors or even lay on the grass, as I saw one man doing. It is next door to another park (city or county) so there is lots of space.

The museum costs $9 for adults and is a self-created memorial to a man that wants you to know that he is an adventurer, rancher, artist, pilot, world traveler, sportsman, businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He traveled the world (40 times over) and collected lots of stuff and as a hunter shots many animals and had them stuffed or at least their heads stuffed for us to look at and marvel over. For me, if he has had such an interest in the animals of the world and he wanted us to see them, maybe he would have created a zoo for us to see live animals rather than dead ones!

His hubris and his lack of concern for living things really bothered me. Even though there we're lots of kids at the museum, I would not take my children or my grandchildren.

Visited May 2013
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“AWESOME!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed this museum, and came away with admiration and respect for a man whom we hadn't heard of before, Mr. Wilbur D. May. Interesting stuff! Great staff. Also enjoyed the temporary exhibit of animatronic dinosaurs. Excellent place for adults and kids!

Visited March 2013
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“Lovely Museum”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

I took my 7 year old grandsons to see "Creatures". While small, it was a great introduction to the past and there were several interactive exhibits that not only held their attention, but invited more questions. Unfortunately, due to the age of my companions, I was not able to peruse the permanent collection but the dinosaur dioramas and the puppets made this visit definitely worthwhile.

Visited March 2013
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“What a Collection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Wilbur D May served in both World War l and World War ll. He was a Reno Rancher and a pilot. The museum contains rooms decorated like his house was decorated while he was living. There are also separate life size diorama's containing some of the specimen animals that he shot. I loved the snuf bottles, knives and swords, and masks in his collections. He was a man who had many interests and is still sharing them through this museum.

Visited February 2013
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“Great little museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

We have been going to this museum for close to twenty years. They always have such fun and interesting exhibits.

Visited November 2012
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