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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Queen Creek, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

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 

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La Pine, Oregon
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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!

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Singapore, Singapore
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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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Wisbech
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I came as a single male being quite interested in museums generally. however as soon as i arrived i was taken in hand and told I couldn't go in on my own, presumably because I was a single male and might molest the children. I was taken round hurriedly but never left alone

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Gilbert H, Public Relations Manager at Gilbert House Children's Museum, responded to this review

Our policy, in alignment with other children's museums across the country, states that no adult unaccompanied by a minor is permitted to enter the museum. It is not based on gender. We do not admit adults without children, or children without adults. This is for the safety of the families visiting. Because of this policy, we offer a free tour... More 

Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We started coming here the year they opened but hadn't been back for about three years. Great children's museum for children about ages 2-6. Ideal age in my estimate would be about 4-5. We were desperate for something to do in Salem and brought teens aged 13 and 15 and they really tried to find fun in everything but were... More 

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Chehalis, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

So many opportunities for the kids to play and learn. Indoor and outdoor fun! Easy to find. Plenty of places for parents to sit and watch their kids explore.

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West Richland, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

I've been to my fair share of children's museums, in both big and small cities. This one is by far my favorite. So many little nooks and crannies filled with tons of fun stuff. My kids could have spent more than a day here. Not to mention the huge playground outside with picnic areas.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

had lots of activities for children including nice play area. Had scientific areas and vet clinic with toy animals and how things are done and why. Staff very helpful and wanting to teach children. It is definitely a hands on type fun activity for children fo all ages.

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The Gilbert house is an amazing discovery place for children and includes both outdoor and indoor interactive experiences including a wonderful market where the children can run their own store, to the awesome swings and play structures outdoors, To the wonderful artistry done by dedicated local volunteers, I honestly can't say enough good things about this awesome spot for children!

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Portland, OR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This is the best Children's museum in this part of the country. The multi-level outdoor play structure with tunnel slides is so much fun. There are also three different houses with multiple rooms. Each room has a different activity or theme. For example, there is one room that has shadow walls. Another one has some psychedelic lights that move and... More 

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