The Wilbur D. May Center is an attraction located in Rancho San Rafael Regional Park at 1595 North Sierra, Reno, Nevada. The facility comprises the Wilbur D. May Museum and the Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Previously, it also included the Great Basin Adventure, a children's park.
The museum features the antiques and collectibles belonging to Wilbur D. May. Born on December 28, 1898, Wilbur May was the third son of David May, founder of The May Department Stores Company. Wilbur was a rancher, pilot, artist, philanthropist, and world traveler who lived in Reno from 1936 to his death on January 20, 1982. The museum's collection derives from over 40 trips Wilbur made around the world, and include T'ang Dynasty pottery, African masks, statues, and artwork, Inuit scrimshaws, Egyptian scarab figures, Greek icons, wildlife dioramas and a shrunken head from South America. Also featured is a recreation of the living room, bedroom, tack room, and big game trophy room from Wilbur's 2,600-acre (1,100 ha) Double Diamond Ranch in South Reno.
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Sunday||12:00 – 4:00 PM|
Deaon Clausell | Feb 18, 2018
Not a huge museum, but good quality exhibits. The park outside the museum is always fun for kids.
Will-i-am Garcia | Oct 12, 2017
Great museum. I especially enjoyed the Sherlock exhibit, if you have the time, it's defintely worth checking out. Even if you only get to see the museum.
Mike Williams | Jun 21, 2017
Beautiful garden in Reno Nevada! Love going here to photograph insects and flowers! Wish there where more gardens like this in city.
Carmella Condino | Jul 2, 2017
Awrsome! I take ALL my out of town visitors there and visit all the changing exhibits.
george mehallick | Dec 29, 2017
What a great quick stop.
TylerScottGaming | Apr 30, 2018
Nice place to take kids to. Its also an inexpensive place to spend part of your day
Daniela Gaudino | Mar 25, 2018
The museum is SMALL however the quality of the Artifacts is amazing . This is the ONLY place in NEVADA in which you can see a REAL HUMAN SHRUNKEN HEAD . The Wilbur collection is interesting from Animals to guns to artifacts to different kind of weapons . Worth my time and trip there . The Wilbur is a PERMANENT Exhibit then in other rooms they have traveling exhibits. Now they are having a " Hero Theme " and I must say...I am not a kid , I don't have kids but I had so much fun!
Margot Easley | Apr 30, 2018
Interesting exhibits and very friendly staff, but a little pricey on the special events. Would like to see a special price for kids and senior citizens.
Kris Cayocca | May 7, 2018
Good watercolors today and you can vote on them!
Aazhie Ryakes | May 10, 2018
I was not expecting such a variety or quantity of unusual items. The taxidermy alone would have been worth it, but there are extra cultural items like masks and weaponry that were just fascinating. The Arboretum is gorgeous and huge. Pretty sure I only got through some of it, and I would go back just to explore outside more. Can't recommend enough, any plant or bird lover would have a great time enjoying all the wildlife.
Will Studer | May 16, 2018
Went for the super hero exhibit. It was really neat reading my little boy the origins of comics and Stan Lee. Certainly worth the money for a short family outing. The park and arboretum is beautiful too!
ds hull | Jun 4, 2018
We enjoy the walking paths and views. Great to go in all seasons to experience the changes in the flora.
Brent Antisdel | May 11, 2018
Nice park, we had our wedding reception and picture here 11 yrs ago, nice memories. The kids like to come and play here too.
Matt Mahoney | May 15, 2018
Great museum in the middle of a very large Park. A lot of really terrific exhibits from Wilbur Mays trips around the world
LaRena Fry | Jul 1, 2018
I have been here many times over the years. It often has wonderful and educational displays. We came here for a wedding recently and before heading inside Wilbur D. May Center we looked around outside. Nope, no wedding. So we went up to the Door of the Center. Yep, Wedding was inside. I was really surprised that the wedding was inside the Wilbur D. May Center. I didn't know you could rent it out for special events. Did you? They had the wedding in the main area. Then the catered food was like in the hallway area towards the back room area. It was a little confusing as everyone had to leave the wedding area while the chairs were moved and tables were brought in. I must say it did go quickly. It was a lovely wedding and nice reception complete with dancing. It really is a lovely spot to get married in.
Dawn Brisbane | Jul 5, 2018
A place of serenity within the city. Well-kept facilities and docents and employees who are quite helpful. Always an interesting event to attend.
Anna Fox | Jul 7, 2018
Beautiful and clean park. Love the historic areas. Went there for the Dragon Lights and it was beautiful.
Seryndipity77 | Jul 2, 2018
Pleasant shady walking paths. Easy. Lots of different gardens. Looking forward to going again. Was there during Festival of Lanterns.
Elizabeth Baum | Aug 7, 2018
I love walking around the different garden areas. I spend time sitting on the benches in some of the gardens. I especially love spending time walking the labyrinth. I definitely recommend visiting
Lisa Chin | Aug 9, 2018
Beautiful museum in a lovely park. Free admission for many exhibits. Lovely gift shop.
Monique Phillips | Aug 4, 2018
I love this place so much! I've been coming here since I was a kid and it's a great place to learn and see amazing things.
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