Wilbur D May Center Reno

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Wilbur D May Center
1595 N Sierra St
Tel: 775-785-5961

Where are we going today?

Have you ever heard of Wilbur D May? Perhaps you have, but if you haven't - he was an amazing man. He was a rancher. He was an adventurer. He was an artist, a pilot, an entrepreneur, a world traveler and a businessman. He was also a philanthropist who was dedicated to the education of the local kids.

Let us introduce to you the Wilbur D. May Center! It's an adventure for the entire family, no matter what age you are! There are a number of elements to the center, so let's explain them to you!

The Wilbur D. May Museum gives you the chance to look through an incredible collection of exotic and rare artifacts which have been gathered during a lifetime of traveling around the world by Wilbur himself. With travels from all over the globe, there is sure to be some pretty unusual and amazing things there to see and learn from!

If you fancy experience a living museum, then check out the Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden. This area is a cool 13 acres for the kids to check out with over 4,000 adaptive and native plant species.

The location is in itself a fascinating place to learn about! It's right between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Great Basin Desert. It's also at an elevation of 4,600 ft, and temperatures can fluctuate up to 50 degrees or more in a single day - can you imagine what kind of plants can exist in a place like that! 

The self-guided tours around the Arboretum are a great way for the family to experience this amazing place, and for the family to spend their family day out around amazing history and nature!

Who said Reno was all about the casinos! 

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsArboretum is free. Museum $5
  • ChildrenArboretum is free. Museum $3.50 (Ages 3 - 17)
  • Free Under: 2 years

When can we go?

Museum 10am - 4pm Wed to Sat. Sundays noon - 4pm

Museum open all year round, but closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Teachers corner

Guided tours are available by appointment, so why not give them a call and see what they can help you with! It's a great educational experience! .

I'm Hungry!

It's worth grabbing something before you go so those tummies are full before the learning begins - there is plenty in Reno to fill the void!.

Any Top Tips?

Prices may vary during special exhibits. .

Doing our bit

The primary purpose is education, so they have done an incredible job setting up this center that kids can really enjoy and learn from! .

Need a little extra help?

If you do have a wheelchair, give them a call so you can check what the accessibility is. .

Can I get one of those?

The self-guided brochures and maps are available in the kiosk inside the May Museum.

More information

The botanical gardens are a dog free public garden, so make sure you don't bring them.

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