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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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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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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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adventure plus education

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 18 October 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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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 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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Thank TheresaandKerry
Saint Helens, Oregon
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34 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 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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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 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 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 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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