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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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Be prepared for quite a surprise

The non-pretentious building has a wealth of western Americana and art objects from around the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nels C
Santa Monica, California
Too many children.

This place is NOT for couples who want to enjoy adult company as there are too many children... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lee A
Atwater, California, Usa
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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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  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
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1595 N Sierra St, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, Reno, NV 89503-1716
+1 775-785-5961
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The non-pretentious building has a wealth of western Americana and art objects from around the world within its walls. There was a lovely fiber art exhibit when I visited. There is a large collection of stuffed animals and heads mounted on walls in two display...More

Thank Nels C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is NOT for couples who want to enjoy adult company as there are too many children running around and it is they are not as well behaved as they should be.

Thank Lee A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went not expecting a whole lot but were very impressed with the amount to see and how well everything is displayed. There are little things that are easy to over look or miss like the monkey way up high. This would be super fun...More

Thank Lori M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came across this gem while attending the balloon festival. Definitely worth spending 2 hours here to enjoy the museum and gardens.

Thank CurlyQs
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Love the grounds and the exhibits. We've gone a couple of times, and it's one place we take out of town visitors for sure. The gardens adjacent are also beautiful. Wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

Thank peggy w
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Loved visiting the May Museum. Wilbur May had such a quirky collection of pieces and to see several rooms set up as he had them in his home was eye-opening. The collection ranges from Asian antiques to African drums, as well as trophies of animals...More

Thank Monty B
Reviewed 23 April 2017

We went during the Toytopia. A must see if this ever comes back to the museum. So the museum has a section of Wilburs life which is amazing to see at any time. Sometimes the museum will put on extra exhibits such as the Toytopia....More

Thank Michelle J
Reviewed 12 April 2017

This is a small but excellent little museum. The collections are well displayed with regional insects mixed in with the area artifacts, taxidermies animals and period furniture, gun collections and home furnishings. I enjoyed it and understand that Wilbur May was a hunter prior to...More

Thank sandygreenberg
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Wilbur D. May was an adventurer and hunter. This museum shows the artifacts of this amazing man's life, while having awesome special exhibits that change periodically. Not for those who are overly squeamish, as Mr. May was a hunter that saved his kills by some...More

Thank Peggy V
Reviewed 2 April 2017

We stumbled upon this museum while walking in the San Rafael Regional Park. Wilbur May was an amazing individual, and we're so glad we paid the $8 to get in. His collections from his global travels are indeed impressive! From Africa to the Far East,...More

Thank Navy_Lady
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David D
21 March 2017|
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Hours are Wednesday - Saturday from 10am - 4pm and Sunday from noon - 4pm.