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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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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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what a nice surprise to find this museum!

My child and I had fun here, lots to see and do. Friendly people, helpful too. Every room had interesting things to do for a little one.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My child and I had fun here, lots to see and do. Friendly people, helpful too. Every room had interesting things to do for a little one.

Thank JJRFamily
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Excellent family fun. Something for everyone. great programs and a diversion that all can enjoy. Anytime of the year.

Thank justmesalem
Albany, Oregon
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

This place is great for kids and the whole family. We took my 1 year old granddaughter and everyone had a great time, even the "big" kids! Plenty of space to run around outside and explore. We loved the various buildings and one of our favorite spaces was the table to farm. Adorable concept, my daughter wants to incorporate that... More 

Thank sandstorm1963
Salem, Oregon
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

I think it's high price for not having a lot of things , but I have taken little kids here and they just love it, They can play for a long time at one thing, they have indoor and outdoor activities,as long as the kids enjoy it is what counts.

Thank Julie P
Boise, Idaho
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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

As a nanny I take children here all the time; it is a great place to waste a few hours and let the kids play. It's nice that they change up the exhibits once in awhile and the playground is fantastic. It is a little overpriced for just a day trip but with a membership it's worth it. The staff... More 

Thank Crlovesfood
Fort Collins, Colorado
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36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

We visited over Labor Day weekend with kids aged 6, 12, and 14. I had read a few reviews on here that it was geared for younger kids, and was concerned ours (at least some of ours) would be bored. Instead, we shut the place down, staying all afternoon! Granted, the older kids are pretty incredible...if it had just been... More 

Thank Donald S
Salem, Oregon
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

This is great place for younger kids. My kids were 8 and 10. They enjoyed it and didn't want to leave. It's a great place to let them just be kids and use their imaginations. There's several educational areas spread out over several old historical buildings. Learning about everything from farming to being a veterinarian. Nice big play area outside... More 

Thank teresadeleon
Queen Creek, Arizona
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

We stopped here with my 2 year old on our way from the coast to Portland. It was a nice welcomed break and he had a blast. Every room is very well laid out and he was able to do everything. The outdoor play area was very nice too. Loved the number of restrooms in this place! Only negative is... More 

Thank cnktravels
La Pine, Oregon
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46 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This is a very unique place; children from 3-, well, 80 would love it! My great Granddaughter (10) loved both the inside and outside part of the museum...do take a lot of time when you bring your children here, DELIGHTFUL!

Thank Dolores525
Singapore, Singapore
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86 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

It's a great play area for little kids and younger teens. Their outdoor adventure is great for them to just run, climb and have fun. They do have many exhibits indoor for kids like the Vet. clinic and grocery store. However their outdoor facility really out shine the Portland Children's Museum in my opinion. The spiral slide is great for... More 

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