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Gilbert House Children's Museum

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Address: 116 Marion St NE, Salem, OR 97301
Phone Number: +1 503-371-3631
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Gilbert House Children's Museum (formerly known as A.C. Gilbert's...
Gilbert House Children's Museum (formerly known as A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village) is a private nonprofit children's museum located in downtown Salem's Riverfront Park. Founded in 1989, Gilbert House provides innovative and stimulating educational experiences which spark children's natural curiosity. The Museum'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 Museum is composed of three historic houses; the Rockenfield House, Gilbert House and Parrish House.
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My kids love this place

My kids (4, 9 & 12) love this place for all the varied 'exhibits' and different rooms they can explore and play in, as well as the massive wooden playground in the back. I LOVE... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Sheridan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

My kids (4, 9 & 12) love this place for all the varied 'exhibits' and different rooms they can explore and play in, as well as the massive wooden playground in the back. I LOVE the annual membership, which also gets us into OMSI in Portland and other places for the year. Totally pays for itself.

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Bend, Oregon
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I fun little place to visit, especially for younger kids. If the weather is nice the outdoor play structure was fun. My son was in and out of all the exhibits in about an hour, but I'm sure other kids stayed longer. Just depends on if your child likes these sort of things. Check their website to see if its... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We love Gilbert House Children's Museum. They have a wide variety of hands on exhibits in historic homes. Your children & grandchildren will want to go back again & again. The outdoor play areas are unique and engaging. If you live in the area a membership is a great option. That way you can go even if its a short... More 

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Tenmile, Oregon
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

I would highly recommend visiting this place with your children, grandchildren, friends children, it really captures their imagination, hands on things to do, visually appealing, wish something like this was around when I was a kid. The hardest thing about this place is telling the kids that it is time to go. Put it on your list.

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Redding, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

It really felt we were let down from this experience. It was expensive and not a full experience. We were told this would be a great place to take our two kids because it was raining too heavy outside. We took the recommendation and really regret it. It seemed pretty cool at first, because they have a "store" with mini... More 

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loira74
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is an awesome place for kids. Lots of hands-on, interactive exhibits and plenty to see and do outdoors as well. Good location downtown near Riverfront Park and carousel. Affordable. Good to go any season. Call first for hours. Small, fun shop as well. Plan to be there a few hours. Food for sale. Free, close parking.

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Portland, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We're always on the lookout for opportunities where we can combine learning and fun. Typically you'll find this at a science museum, etc. AC Gilbert has aspects of a science museum mixed with toys and art. There is a good variety of hands-on activities for kids. I would say this would probably appeal mostly to kids maybe 10-12 and under,... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Great hands on kids museum that is comparable to Portland's Children Museum. Some rooms are constant while others change after several months to a year. I like how the museum maintains the separation of the old houses and puts activities in separate rooms. This lets kids focus on the activity at hand and not run around everywhere and it helps... More 

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NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

First things first. GPS will not get you there following Marion Street address. Look for Union and Water Streets. We were lost for an hour trying to find Marion Street address with GPS. Also, park in free spots. Metered parking horrifically expensive - literally what you would pay in midtown Manhattan. Meters are for a municipal lot, so city to... More 

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Pewaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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