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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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Hands on learning while having a blast!

This place is great for kids 12 and under. 4 buildings that have been converted into hands on learning rooms. Everything from a pet hospital to a fortune room to a submarine! So... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Mamarayeugene
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Eugene, Oregon
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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This place is great for kids 12 and under. 4 buildings that have been converted into hands on learning rooms. Everything from a pet hospital to a fortune room to a submarine! So much fun to be had before making your way to an amazing learning playground where the kids can make music, dig for fossils, pretend to camp in... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is just amazing! There is so much to do and in every nook and cranny there are discoveries to be made by child and adult alike. Three houses to explore attest to the architecture of the day - over a Century ago (grownups will appreciate it I'm sure). The grounds are exceptionally planned to delight the kids with... More 

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Neskowin, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There's a learning room for many lessons from agriculture, horticulture & electronics. There's even building practice with huge blocks. Outdoor maze on elevated levels.

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Thank Carolyn L
Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

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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Thank 132altas
Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

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 August 10, 2016 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 August 7, 2016 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 July 25, 2016 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 July 25, 2016 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 July 23, 2016

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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