Last updated: 8/31/2023
Wilbur D. May Museum
Reno, Nevada
1595 N. Sierra Street
Reno, NV 89503


Wednesday - Saturday
10 AM - 4 PM
Monday - Tuesday
12 PM - 4 PM


Adults: $7
Seniors: $5
Children (3-17): $4
Children under 3: Free


Kristy Lide, Curator
phone: 775-785-5961
Wes Jahn, Assistant Curator
phone: 775-785-5961
Wilbur D. May Museum

The museum houses the lifetime collection of the late Wilbur May -- department store magnate, Reno rancher, big-game hunter, businessman, philanthropist, and world traveler. May made over 40 trips around the world amassing an amazing collection of artifacts including Tang Dynasty pottery, Greek and Roman icons, weapons, and African tribal items. The collection also features a shrunken human head from South America and over 200 pieces of taxidermy.

Artifact Collections

We are the only museum in Nevada where you will see:

Antique firearms
European glasswork
African tribal masks
Polynesian carvings
Chinese pottery
Saddlery and Western Ranching artifacts
and more!
Educational Programs

The Museum also hosts traveling exhibitions, special programs, and events year-round.

Lecture Halls
Performance Areas
Love our Gardens!! Why not have your next special event in our Garden!!

When not currently featuring a rotating exhibit, we rent out our museum as an event space so that you too can enjoy all that the museum has to offer for your special event. Whether it be a wedding, fundraiser, business meeting, etc., we offer affordable rates and accommodations for our beautiful garden court.

Group Tours

We offer a one-hour tour through the amazing collection of Wilbur D. May. Our visitors begin with a short introduction and film about the life of Mr. May and the items housed in the museum, followed by a guided walk through the museum itself. We offer a scavenger hunt that is a fun way to learn more about the collection and to test people's detective skills! The tour combines local and world history along with natural history and is appropriate for all ages.

Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Wheelchair Accessible
Tuesday, January 2 - Sunday, March 31, 2024
Special Exhibits from January to April
Special Exhibits
Every year from January to April we offer a large scale rotating exhibit that offers double the normal museum experience. Past rotating exhibits have included dinosaurs, dragons, and the history of candy! Admission includes entrance to the special exhibit AND entrance to our permanent collection.
See website

For more information, please call 775-785-5961.

Museum Events
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Western Museums Association’s (WMA) 2023 Annual Meeting

October 5 - 8, 2023

Pasedena, California

New England Museum Association 2023 Conference

November 8 - 10, 2023

Portland, Maine

Small Museum Association 2023 Conference

February 19 - 21, 2024

Richmond, Virginia

2024 California Association of Museums Conference Announced

March 10 - 14, 2024

Location TBD



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