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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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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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Super Fun

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 2 days ago NEW 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 days ago NEW

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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1 Thank geraldscard
Coquitlam, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Thank Carol M
Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

I helped build parts of this place and had fun going through the build for the slides along with my grandchildren. Many, many things to do and fun to be had. Even as an adult you may learn things.

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Thank Patti B
Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Our 2.5 year old granddaughter spent the weekend with us and someone told me of a place to take her in Salem, OR she might enjoy. So, I did and she did. The Gilbert House is named after Alfred Gilbert (born in Salem) who is best known for inventing the Erector Set toy and buying the American Flyer toy train... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

We were so impressed with the quality of the interactive play for the kids. It's clean. You can spend the better part of a day inside and then spend the rest of the day in the huge outside play area. Initially the price for entry seemed high - $8.00 per person from age 3-59, but compared to $11.00 for a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016

5* AC Gilbert Discovery House Children’s Museum 116 Marion NE Salem 97301 Beautiful historical buildings by the Willamette River Free parking Admission; discounts for seniors and very little tots 4 buildings to explore for children; lots of interaction There is a tool section, kitchen section, . . . There are activities for kids e.g., crayons on paper plates Lots of... More 

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