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Gilbert House Children's Museum

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Address: 116 Marion St NE, Salem, OR 97301-3437
Phone Number: +1 503-371-3631
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Gilbert House Children's Museum (formerly known as A.C. Gilbert's Discovery...

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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Fun day for kids.

The Gilbert House is a fun day for small children to experence. Each room has different activity for children to enjoy doing hands on. Out side structure is fun for them to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Salem, Oregon
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Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Gilbert House is a fun day for small children to experence. Each room has different activity for children to enjoy doing hands on. Out side structure is fun for them to climb all over. Fun day!

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Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My kids loved going here. It had lots of fun and interesting stations for them to play at, although some kids were leaving dirty (as in spit) at some of the stations, and there wasn't any evidence that the staff clean this up.

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Thank kephartonian
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When we first entered I was afraid the exhibits would be too young for our 10 year olds. They actually ended up loving many of the indoor activities and the play structure for over an hour. Great, stress free play for this out of town mom :)

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Thank Beth S
Turner, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Haven't been here in a while because my grandchildren have outgrown it but it is wonderful for the young children. Their events are fun and they have the most fabulous climbing structure in the back and it's connected to Riverfront Park.

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Thank Liza G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Super fun place to take kids. Lots of unique things to see and learn. And the playground area is cool. Definitely recommend!!

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My parents took me here, growing up, and now I take my kids. The little grocery store is a favorite. The bubble room is a must-hit. Your kids will love it. A newer feature is the craft room, filled with (clean) recycled milk jugs, magazines, envelopes..... You name it. My children enjoy creating new treasures. We LOVE the Gilbert House!!

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is great for ages! We took our grandson and spent 3hours entertaining him with a variet of learning activities. We had so much fun with him that we certainly will return.

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Thank geraldscard
Coquitlam, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

We took our 3.5 year old to this children's museum and he was in heaven. The museum is modest in some respects, but it has so many rooms and an extensive outdoor area that kept my son very excited for 3+ hours. He would have gladly stayed longer if we didn't have to leave to catch our plane. If you... More 

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salem
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

The employee working the front desk did not want to let my young adult son with developmental disabilities in stating that this place is only for children. I was surprised since I always thought it was open to the public and for everyone to enjoy. It's unfortunate since my son and I had visited this museum for many years. Even... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Personally I never have gone. But, my grandchildren always have someone to take them when they come to visit. They come back to grandma's house excited about all the activities they did. It is a favorite place for them to go.

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