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A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village

116 Marion St Northeast, Salem, OR 97301
+1 503-371-3631
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Ranked #8 of 31 Attractions in Salem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Children's Museums, Museums
Owner description: A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village is a private nonprofit children's museum located in downtown Salem's Riverfront Park. Founded in 1989, A.C. Gilbert's... more » Owner description: A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village is a private nonprofit children's museum located in downtown Salem's Riverfront Park. Founded in 1989, A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village provides innovative and stimulating educational experiences which spark children's natural curiosity. The Village's mission is to "inspire children to learn through creative play." This is accomplished through fun and challenging exhibits, camps, birthday parties, membership opportunities and outreach programs in the sciences, arts, and humanities. The Village is composed of three historic house; the Rockenfield House, Gilbert House and Parrish House. « less
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Pewaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Located downtown Salem, A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village was easy to find. Although the place caters to young children, our 12-year-old and 15-year-old sons who were there with our 2-year-old daughter also enjoyed themselves tremendously, especially in the outdoor playground and large slides. Each of the 3 houses presented a different science adventure for young and curious minds. We only wish... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Excellent if you become a member. Day visit - over price. Like - indoor and out door activities. Dislike - poor quality food.

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Bend, Oregon
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

A place to explore with your grandkids as you experience life through their eyes. Make believe worlds abound. Exciting discoveries are around every corner. Some cost but well worth it for a day with the grandkids.

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Corvallis, Oregon, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

There is a huge wood maze that my kids love. There are also two houses with rooms full of discovery, hands-on science and exploration. My kids are always excited to go there.

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Salem, Oregon
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20 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

I was part of the crew that helped build the climbing structure and during my teaching career made Gilbert House a yearly event. I was not only a fan, but a supporter. After a few years illness I returned a couple weeks ago with a grandchild. While the outdoor climbing structure is still terrific, I found the trip disappointing. Many... More

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Folsom, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Our grandchildren say the Discovery Village was the highlight of our trip....they had so much fun. The exhibits are perfect for kids as all are hands-on, relevant, curious, informative and especially fun.

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salem oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

I have a 3.5 yr old boy, and was hesitant to go at first because I did not know if he would find it fun being so young. I'm glad we went though, he had a blast! And so did I.

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Salem, Oregon, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

The Gilbert House is prefect on a sunny or rainy day. Great play structure for the kids to explore and burn off some energy. Each house on the property has different learning events, arts and crafts and more exploring. I've been to the Gilbert House during holiday events, birthday parties and just for fun.

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Kula, Hawaii, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

We spent the day here with two other families (kids from 9-9 months). Everyone had a great time. The play structure was wonderful and the kids all had a great time. The hands on play areas are well organized and the kids had a great day.

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Keizer, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Great for little ones, not very expensive. Wait for a day that is not packed if possible. Although, there are a few special days that they do that you should enjoy too. We loved the bubble room! Make sure if your going on a hot day to wear sunscreen because the play equipment can get HOT!

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