May Natural History Museum

May Natural History Museum

8,000 of the world's best-kept bugs, insects and other crawly things await you at the May Natural History Museum!

710 Rock Creek Canyon Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80926 // View Map
719.576.0450 //
Hours: Open May - Oct 1 from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Daily

Fast Facts

So much to see at the May Natural History Museum

Over 8,000 insects, arachnids, beautiful butterflies, and beetles await your family at one of the world’s largest private collections on display at the May Natural History Museum.

For over 80 years, May Museum Founder James May traveled the world finding over 100,000 fascinating specimens of bugs, insects and other things that crawl on the ground. Visit one of the world’s largest private collections of outstanding giant insects, related creatures, and rare artifacts.


Open Daily May – Oct 1, from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.



Children (6-12)

Child Under 6

Seniors/ Military

$6 $4 FREE $5


Screenshot 2014-03-26 11.25.32The May Natural History Museum is located a short drive South of Colorado Springs on Highway 115. Follow these directions or enter 710 Rock Creek Canyon Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80926 into your GPS or Phone.

From Manitou Springs:

– Head East on Highway 24 to I-25 South.
– Take I-25S to Highway 115 (next exit).
– Take Highway 115 and turn Right at the big bug!



Fast Facts

  • 8,000 insects of all kinds, including stick insects over 1 foot long
  • Beetles so large they knock people over in flight.
  • Butterflies which can be seen over 1/2 mile away.
  • Many specimens extinct, protected or never seen since.


  • Look for country names which don't exist anymore on the collector labels.
  • Bring your camera to capture some of these beautiful creatures from silk moths to scorpions.
  • Explore their gift shop with a wide-array of books, gifts and other educational materials.
  • Bring a picnic lunch, or come camp with us!


Crawly, not creepy at the May Natural History Museum

Your kids will bug-out!

This historic collection has been shown by his son, John H. May and now his family carries on his legacy. Learning and family entertainment are abundant at this great, must-see attraction for artists, teachers, explorers, aspiring entomologists, and kids of all ages!

Close Camping

Stay close to Colorado Springs with amenities close by

Just a few miles South of Colorado Springs, the May Museum sits on the Golden Eagle Ranch. This ranch features the Golden Eagle Campground with 350 campsites, trout ponds, hot-water shower houses, laundry and RV hookups. Get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday city life with a weekend at this beautiful campground at the base of the mountain.



From big bugs to mini mites, stop in the May Museum to see why it’s appropriately called the “Bug Museum.” The museum is located on Highway 115, South of Colorado Springs.


MayMuseum-36Stay at one of Colorado’s largest, private RV Parks and campgrounds. Four lakes for fishing are just for campers and includes ten miles of spectacular hiking trails, 1,000 acres, and countless trees!

Since 1943, the wildlife preserve that Gold Eagle Campground sits on offers unobstructed views of the Rocky Mountains. Plus, it’s only 9 short minutes South of Colorado Springs. With a 5-mile hiking trail, lakes for fishing, beautiful wildflowers and a wide-variety of wildlife, the Ranch and Campground provides a million places for photos and a great home-base for visiting many of the Pikes Peak Region’s great attractions.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can we still visit in the off season?

We will accept reservations for groups of 10 or more during the months that we are closed for the Winter (October- April).

Exactly how many insects do you have?

We have the worlds largest private insect collection consisting of over 8,000 bugs!

What’s the difference between a “bug” and an “insect”?

A bug is simply a TYPE of insect that has a straw shaped mouth (called a stylet) and no teeth; like dragonflies and butterflies. Insects usually have 2 pairs of wings and 3 pairs of legs; like mosquitos and flies.

How far of a drive is it to your museum from Colorado Springs?

Depending on where, in Colorado Springs, you’re driving from, it can take between 20-30 minutes.


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