May Natural History Museum, Colorado Springs

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May Natural History Museum is an entomology museum in Rock Creek Park, Colorado. The museum describes its holdings as the world's largest private insect collection. The museum's insects and arachnids were collected by amateur naturalist James May from 1903 until his death in 1956; the museum was founded by his son, John May, in 1952.

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  • when they say world class, they mean it! Don't miss this unassuming treasure tucked back in a little corner of Colorado Springs. Take the kids. Jeweled bugs!  more »
  • If you're interested in insects or butterflies this should be a "must see" destination for you. I've never seen so many different types of butterflies and insects located in one place. I think it's....  more »
  • FiancĂ© and I stopped here on our way to Denver the museum was phenomenal. Really cool collection, friendly staff, easy on the pockets. Most of very informative & buggy!!!  more »
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  • We loved this place, amazing colection of insects, great customer service. Awesome little gift shop. Had a blast!!
  • We have gone here so many times, but never gets old. Amazing collection! It is fascinating to see so many thousands of insects all very different and many seem so unreal in appearance and size.
  • I have two complaints after visiting this location. I am a naturalist, taxidermist, and have worked in natural history preservation. My first complaint is I am absolutely appalled at the managements refusal to adhere to Covid-19 health and safety regulations. Virtually none of the visitors in this space were wearing masks. The museum is a one room small enclosed space without any windows or ventilation. There were other guests coughing in this space with out masks. In the museum it is not possible to social distance. When I inquired, the manager simply said there is enough space so it does not matter. This is absolutely not safe or healthy for staff or visitors. Covid-19 is not a hoax. Frankly as someone who has seen first hand Covid-19 death this shows a lack of respect for others and is unsafe. I will never revisit this place or recommend it to others despite my love of the natural world due to the management. My second complaint is this is a for profit space. The items in this place belong in an actual not for profit museum or educational space, it is really a shame that they charge people money to view a pretty small space. The 'movie' about the collection is from a Fox News coverage recorded from a TV that they charge as a 'film' inside this place. The collection is amazing but the ownership have turned this into a business and are missing the integrity of how to appreciate the natural world and people.
  • There was some pretty cool insectes and other things on display. But it very short none interactive and way over priced for what it is. It just a tourist trap trying to suck some cash out our pocket to keep some some family fantasy alive. At least that's my 2 cents!
  • This is a small museum that is packed full of insects to see. If you enjoy learning about and collecting bugs, this is a must see! There are rare and vintage insects on display. Really cool place especially if you enjoy insects.

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