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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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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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Great for kids

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
Meziere79
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Chehalis, Washington
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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 30 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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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Portland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The cost is minimal and you can visit the home of the man that invented the erector set. There are many hands on activities for the kids throughout the year. A family membership is the way to go and you can be involved in all the activities. They also accept passes from other activities throughout the country so check what... More 

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Sheridan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

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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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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Additional Information about Gilbert House Children's Museum

Address: 116 Marion St NE, Salem, OR 97301
Phone Number: +1 503-371-3631
Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Salem
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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