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Gilbert House Children's Museum

Address: front St, Salem, OR 97301
Phone Number: +1 503-371-3631
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Ranked #9 of 26 Attractions in Salem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Children's Museums, Museums
Owner description: Gilbert House Children's Museum (formerly known as A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village) is a private...
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Type: Children's Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Redding, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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79 reviews 79 reviews
23 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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
20 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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55 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
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
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Salem, Oregon
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57 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Lots of hands-on art/science activities for children, with creative wooden play structure outside. Set in cluster of historic homes in Riverfront Park. Admission might deter families: General (ages 3-59): $8;Seniors (60+): $6; Toddlers (ages 1 & 2): $4; Children under 1: Free; Children on Public Assistance: $4

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Corvallis, Oregon, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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