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Address: 1595 N Sierra St, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, Reno, NV 89503-1716
Phone Number: 7757855961
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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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cruising the museums

Excellent museum, had a woman's art display you tour first-beautiful art work. Then into the museum, WOW what a collection, has a impressive trophy room. Very great history and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2016
838elizabetht
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23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Excellent museum, had a woman's art display you tour first-beautiful art work. Then into the museum, WOW what a collection, has a impressive trophy room. Very great history and smart man he was. A great place to visit and also you must stroll the gardens...

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Thank 838elizabetht
Incline Village, Nevada
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103 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

Took my grandsons to a special snake exhibit some time ago. The exhibits were well presented and the boys found it all very interesting.

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Thank inclinekiwi
New port
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

Anyone interested in learning about..what it must have been like to be an iconic adventurer and world traveler, a daring pilot in the day of open cockpit planes, art enthusiast and collector, and much more...would appreciate this fascinating and unusual museum dedicated to a man who seems to have "done it all", or at least tried! To do all that... More 

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1 Thank Renee D
Sacramento, California
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73 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

If you would like to follow the life of one man, I'll call him "Professor Personal Pronoun", aka Wilbur D. May, then absorb yourself in this passe, shrine to personal accomplishment. Here's a guy who led many lives. His cunning investments made him independently wealthy during the Great Depression. He employed thousands of people. Yet, he carted off ancient artifacts... More 

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2 Thank Cameron B
Reno
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

If you're visiting Reno or a resident I would recommend W.D.M. as a nice little excursion. You will be able to experience Wilbur's traveles around the world. I advise to watch the short video first which is offered in the first room. The Rancho San Rafael park is adjacent to the museum and has beautiful walking paths and gardens.

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Thank Jana W
Bay Area
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89 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2016

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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1 Thank 1CaliforniaBoy
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29 reviews
4 attraction 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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24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 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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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 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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1 Thank George S
Reno, Nevada
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492 reviews
106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 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

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