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“Cool Place”

Gilbert House Children's Museum
Ranked #7 of 80 things to do in Salem
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Gilbert House Children's Museum (formerly known as A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village) is a private nonprofit children's museum connected to 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Salem, Oregon
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Cool Place”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

This is a great place to take the Family for some fun. there is lots to do for the children and adults together. so if your looking for some family bonding that the whole family will enjoy come here.

Visited December 2012
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Salem, Oregon
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“EXCELLENT for CHILDREN”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

Great place for children of ALL ages. lots of indoor and outdoor activities. Can be overstimulating for some. Wonderful play structure on nice days.

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Salem, Oregon, United States
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Must see kids place”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

This is an amazing venue to take young children for a fun, interactive experience. After the museum, stroll the river front park or walk accross the converted Rail Road Bridge to Wallace Marine Park. This is one of our favorite parks in Salem.

Visited December 2012
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1 Thank Michael Y
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Lebanon, Oregon
Level 6 Contributor
160 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Hands On Exploratory Activities”
Reviewed December 15, 2012

My 7 year old granddaughter enjoyed every area! Her daddy played a game of chess with her and enjoyed a chase through the maze. She tried on some fun costumes and made large bubbles to burst. Next time we will be sure to visit the carousel nearby.

Visited June 2012
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Thank Carol M
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Salem, Oregon, United States
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Fun for kids and adults!”
Reviewed November 25, 2012

Lots of interesting and stimulating activities for children of all ages. I took my 2 year old nephew there and it was great! I even had fun playing with the bubbles and dressing up in costumes. Plus it is right next to a big park and a carousel!

Visited May 2012
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