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Gilbert House Children's Museum

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Address: 116 Marion St NE, Salem, OR 97301
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+1 503-371-3631
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Premiere place for young kids in Salem

I volunteered each year on MLK Day. The place is so well designed it's often teeming with visitors (but easy to get in). Lots of interactive activities, learning based fun... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Salem, Oregon, United States
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Salem, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I volunteered each year on MLK Day. The place is so well designed it's often teeming with visitors (but easy to get in). Lots of interactive activities, learning based fun things to do.

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Thank Eric S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is great fun for kids and has innovative things to do and see for sure! We were disappointed they took the giant bubble room out but, there are still many things to see and do both inside and out. We went here for a birthday party and had a lot of fun. There are tons of kids so... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took our granddaughter on a Friday afternoon. Kids around 6 would have fun, much older and probably not. The themed rooms are fun but the older the child is the quicker they become bored and move on to the next room. The outside play area is fun but best to visit on a warm day.

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Thank Kevin H
Rotterdam
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have 3 kids under 8 and they love the Gilbert House. It provides a couple hours of fun in a secure place where they can each run around and play with the activities. Our annual membership also provides access to a number of other museums including the OMSI in Portland

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Goffstown, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

This museum has converted several old houses into a museum with each room a different theme. Many of the displays have been donated by local companies and organizations. There is something for all ages. It is also very educational.

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Thank Mark G
Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

Fantastic place for you children, tons of inactive activities, Also learn about Salem resident who invented the toy on showcase here at the Gilbert House, tons of seasonal activities offered as well.

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Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

A community built climbing structure- the best for age 4-12. interactive displays, sand and fort play. Really a fun place right next to river and a pedestrian bridge. Within walking distance to picnic area and a riverfront park with an old fashioned Merry Go Round ( with hand carved by the community horses) large small children play are.

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woodburn, or
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

A great place for young kids to enjoy a multitude of things to do and share, Mr. Gilbert was the inventor of the erector set we all played with in the 40's and on.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

Excellent time every time we go there! Love the four houses that have been converted into hands on learning rooms. Lots of fun things to do outside as well.

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Saint Helens, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

My son really enjoyed parts of this experience, best on a nice day as lots to do and experience outside, also best for kids under 12

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