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Wilbur D. May Center

1595 N Sierra St, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, Reno, NV 89503-1716
+1 775-785-5961
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Interesting glimpse into times past - in an hour

Be sure to view the short video on Wilbur D. May's life first, as it gives an excellent context to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Karen J
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San Mateo, California
View of a different era: Gentry Privileged "He-men"

A really enjoyable experience—even though it has many things that I do not particularly care for... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
LittlePrince1977
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Sacramento, California
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1595 N Sierra St, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, Reno, NV 89503-1716
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Be sure to view the short video on Wilbur D. May's life first, as it gives an excellent context to the memorabilia of this man's life. Yes, there is a BUNCH of taxidermy that was done in an era of believing there was an unlimited...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A really enjoyable experience—even though it has many things that I do not particularly care for nor like: big game hunting, huge elephant tusks and old guns— It is an extremely well thought out exhibit of a thankfully long-gone era for gentry he-men travelers along...More

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Reviewed May 17, 2018

This is probably the only thing to see in Reno that is so unique to the area that you won't find it duplicated anywhere else. Entrepreneur, rancher, and pilot (among other things), Wilbur D. May collected a large number of very unique items from around...More

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Reviewed May 9, 2018

Wow, what a great experience! A very small museum but very impressive. It is a window into one mans extraordinary life. I felt the displays in this museum were extremely well done. It is definitely worth a visit. It will only take about an hr...More

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Reviewed December 6, 2017

I really enjoyed seeing Mr. May's collections of glass, taxidermy animals from his travels in Africa, S. America, etc., weapons, etc. He was from the May Co. family. The gift shop is great, and sells things from the places in the world that he visited....More

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Reviewed November 20, 2017 via mobile

Wilbur May museum is definitely worth a visit while in Reno - although I visited in November - I reckon the best time of year to visit would b in the spring n early summer - the grounds should b quite colorful then. The gift...More

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Reviewed November 8, 2017

Peaceful, awesome exhibits, the arboritum..............what a great place for families, for a peaceful walk and to sow of Reno to newcomers

Thank Dianne K
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Reviewed September 28, 2017

There was so much to see in the museum. I loved the trophy room And learning about Wilber. The arburetem was great too

Thank Jill D
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Reviewed September 20, 2017

What is surprise to find this amazing display of the life and travels of Mr. May. Although small all of the displays required being seated at the supplied comfortable benches to view the exhibits. A real treat.

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Reviewed August 8, 2017

We had our 11 year old grandson visiting this spring so we added W.D. May Center to our 'to do' list and he loved it...and well, so did we! Beautiful gardens and the Museum is so interesting to all age groups. We especially enjoyed learning...More

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Response from Deborah R | Reviewed this property |
The current exhibit, Toytopia, is $8.00 for kids, $9.00 for adults, and the admission price allows you entrance to the museum as well. Not sure about the hours, I usually go on the weekends when I have my grandchildren.
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