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Gilbert House Children's Museum

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Address: 116 Marion St NE, Salem, OR 97301-3437
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+1 503-371-3631
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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 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.

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Once you get there you may have trouble getting your children to leave. You will like the different themed rooms. The children can play with hands on toys and puzzles. You can... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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35 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Once you get there you may have trouble getting your children to leave. You will like the different themed rooms. The children can play with hands on toys and puzzles. You can go outside to the play area and take pictures on a sunny day. It's lots of fun!

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lots of fun hands on activities for kids and stuff, but I found myself playing the Michigan fight song (my wife went there) on the play structure out back. I think it might have lead into On Wisconsin as well but I don't remember. It's hard to find parking because the water front park is right there, but it's worth... More 

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Thank Kelly C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place with great staff! Lot's to do to keep the littles busy between indoor and outdoor activities.

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Salem, Oregon, Usa
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place for families and school field trips. So many interactive activities you could spend the whole day there.

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Thank Deborah S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

AC Gilbert's Discovery Village is a treasure in the Salem community. The outdoor climbing tower was constructed by volunteers years ago. Inside the several houses on the property, there are rotating exhibits...so it's not always the same. It's educational as well as fun for the creative spirit! Take the kids, the grandkids, or go as an adult and be a... More 

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Newberg, Oregon
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is no main museum. It's in three older houses and some out buildings. If you can't go up stairs then you miss part of the two homes. It's all hands on and designed for younger kids so great for preschoolers and elementary kids. Older kids get bored fast. They have a huge playground outside so you want to go... More 

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Virginia
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102 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2017

This is one of the best, most unique children museums we have been to-and we have done many! It is very unique in set up, spread across three houses, plus two smaller buildings and a huge outside space. Only the first floors are accessible, so people who physically cannot go up stairs pay half price. Strollers should be parked at... More 

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1 Thank Carrie R
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

My daughter loves to go here as there is always so much to do. And they do change it uo a bit to keep it exciting for the kids.

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Springfield, Oregon
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12 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

My husband, two kids and I explored the museum last weekend for our first time. The location is right down near the river in Salem and because of that the parking is a bit tricky. The building itself is two separate Victorian homes that have been restored and transformed. Each room is a new theme with a large variety of... More 

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Oregon City
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40 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

This wonderful fully interactive children's Musem was an incredible hit for our 5 yr old twins, there Mom, and me Grammie. Each was totally engaged and entertained by the exhibits, the playing, the musical marimba boxes, and the opportunities to climb, run, and jump. Our 2 + hours passed oh so quickly!

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