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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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  • Wonderful and fascinating collection of insects. Many 100 years and older. Interesting family history surrounding this large private collection. Well worth a visit. 
    Wonderful and fascinating collection of insects. Many 100 years and older. Interesting family history surrounding this large private collection. Well worth a visit.  more »
  • Great little museum! They have a scavenger hunt for kids, which helps a lot since the exhibits aren't, of course, very interactive. The area is beautiful, too. Very interesting little spot. Good way.....  more
    Great little museum! They have a scavenger hunt for kids, which helps a lot since the exhibits aren't, of course, very interactive. The area is beautiful, too. Very interesting little spot. Good way.....  more »
  • 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! 
    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 »
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  • Definitely an impressive collection! The history of John May and his collection was quite interesting. How one person conceived a collection of this magnitude is amazing really, as most of the insects were acquired in very remote areas of the world. And, during the early 20th century I can just imagine how much more remote those areas must have been. At the time, he likely discovered some new species that one would think would take a team of scientists years to capture. It's wonderful that such a treasure has remained in the family which they continue sharing. It's worth the drive to visit. The building itself is small and probably could get busy. A few people were there during our visit and it was impossible not to overhear conversation as those visitors didn't lower their voices as you typically would in a confined space or a museum. I would suggest wearing earbuds to tune out noise if you want to read the history and marvel at the insects. Think we spent two hours here. Would like to return when we have visitors in town.
  • A little smaller than I expected, but still beautiful!! I definitely want to come back! I feel like it's one of those places where you will see something you missed on the second time around.
  • Really enjoyed coming to this lovely museum! I am an oddity collector & this was a very impressive, HUGE collection! The staff were extremely welcoming & we even got to hold a Tarantula. Highly recommend for any age!
  • I am so grateful & thankful for being able to observe over 100,000 specimens! I could not stop smiling! I looked at every single case! I appreciate you James May and all your explorations!
  • We took our kids here and we all had a great time. I wish I would've known about this place sooner. It's a beautiful, family friendly place.

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