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Wilbur D. May Center

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Wonderful place about an amazing guy!

A place that details the life of Wilbur May; someone we had never heard of, who led a very... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2018
Central Texas
Always has great exhibits on display!

We love the Wilbur center! We live in Reno, so we get the chance to go many times a year. The last... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
Reno, Nevada
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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...more
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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 25 October 2018

A place that details the life of Wilbur May; someone we had never heard of, who led a very fascinating life! So, in contrast to most Centers or museums, every room, every display was something new and unexpected. It was a rather refreshing tour and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

We love the Wilbur center! We live in Reno, so we get the chance to go many times a year. The last time we went was in June for the Dragon Lights display. We have been to the museum many times, and it has a...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 26 September 2018

The weather the day we went was gorgeous; we wished that we had thought to bring a picnic. The grounds are well laid-out, with a wide variety of plants from around the world, as well as charming arbors, gazebos, and little glades with benches. We...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Dr_QBatonRouge
Reviewed 24 September 2018

Went to a wedding reception at this location. The added advantage was we got to stroll thru the gardens. There were well manicured and managed and also well marked. It was nice stroll and enjoyable.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank SonomaRichard
Reviewed 9 September 2018

We visited the Wilbur D May Arboretum and what a joyful walk it was. So many trees and plants, walkways, gazebos, and I lost count of how many pergolas on the property. An easy walk for any age, and very handicap accessible. We also visited...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank DebbieDebb22
Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

love going here and packing a picnic beautiful gardens and playgrounds placed through lots of fun could spends hours here. They also do storytime in the summer and the musume changes the exibits so be sure to check it out!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank chelene525
Reviewed 8 August 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Karen J
Reviewed 29 July 2018

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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank LittlePrince1977
Reviewed 17 May 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

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank 871wesr
Reviewed 9 May 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

Date of experience: May 2018
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David D
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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.