Archive for Museums

Nevada Museum of Art

A Museum of Ideas


We are a museum of ideas. While building upon our founding collections and values, we cultivate meaningful art and societal experiences, and foster new knowledge in the visual arts by encouraging interdisciplinary investigation. The Nevada Museum of Art serves as a cultural and educational resource for everyone.


The Nevada Museum of Art is the only accredited art museum in the state of Nevada. Recognized for following best practices as outlined by the American Association of Museums, the Museum is committed to continuous institutional improvement and change. With accreditation, the Museum joins the ranks of other significant institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Just 5% of all museums in the US earn AAM accreditation.

Nevada State Museum

The Nevada State Museum engages diverse audiences in understanding and appreciating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage. The museum achieves this through collecting, documenting, and studying objects and information significant to heritage. The museum preserves this heritage for long-term public benefit. The museum presents heritage to broad audiences through exhibits, educational programs, publications, and research services. The museum optimizes its educational mission by cultivating effective partnerships and attaining high standards of public service.

The Discovery – Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum

Discovery LogoThe Discovery (Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum), located in downtown Reno, is 67,000 square feet of hands-on learning and fun for the young, and the young at heart. Climb the clouds, float the Truckee, harness green energy, explore Da Vinci’s interests and so much more! For more information, visit


To be the community’s center that inspires curiosity, creativity and the joy of lifelong learning.


The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum is a hands-on museum dedicated to inspiring lifelong learning in science, technology, engineering, art, math, and the world around us.



Wilbur D. May Center

This facility preserves the life and legacy of Wilbur D. May. In addition to his life as an adventurer and world traveler, rancher, artist, pilot, businessman, and Soldier, Wilbur was a committed philanthropist in the community – in particular toward education and well-being for children. The May Center’s museum, arboretum, and botanical gardens are places where Wilbur’s passion lives on, with fun and learning for visitors of all ages.


The Museum houses the personal collection of Wilbur D. May. During a lifetime of world travel and adventure, Mr. May accumulated thousands of rare and exotic artifacts, which he brought back to his Reno home. Since his death in 1982, Mr. May’s priceless ethnographic collection has been on display for the public to enjoy.

Arboretum & Botanical Garden

The Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden is 23 acres with 13 of it serving as living plant museum with over 4,000 native and adaptive plant species on display. It is located in a transitional zone between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Great Basin Desert. The garden averages only 4 to 8 inches of precipitation annually, and comes in the form or rain or snow. A short growing season, less than 120 days, and at an elevation of 4,600 feet, the gardens’ daily temperatures can fluctuate 40 degrees or more in a single day! Only a few plants can survive these conditions without additional care and maintenance. The Arboretum’s primary purpose is education, research, conservation, and to demonstrate how introduced plant species and nativeplants grow in a high desert environment. The Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden is a member of the American Public Garden Association (APGA) and a certified Level II Arboretum through the Arb Net Program administered by the Morton Arboretum of Registered Arboreta, Lisle, IL.