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“Fun for kids!”

Gilbert House Children's Museum
Ranked #6 of 87 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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 13 September 2013

Great for little ones, not very expensive. Wait for a day that is not packed if possible. Although, there are a few special days that they do that you should enjoy too. We loved the bubble room! Make sure if your going on a hot day to wear sunscreen because the play equipment can get HOT!

Thank Jenifer C
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"bubble room"
in 12 reviews
"play structure"
in 16 reviews
"erector set"
in 10 reviews
"grocery store"
in 10 reviews
"discovery village"
in 9 reviews
"all ages"
in 17 reviews
"hands on activities"
in 5 reviews
"indoor and outdoor activities"
in 4 reviews
"huge playground"
in 3 reviews
"great place for kids"
in 7 reviews
"year olds"
in 7 reviews
"train room"
in 4 reviews
"theater room"
in 2 reviews
"grandma's house"
in 2 reviews
"annual membership"
in 2 reviews
"electric train"
in 2 reviews
"interactive activities"
in 3 reviews
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

This place is a must for children. Lots of hands-on learning and discovering. Adults have just as much fun. Plan on going and spending the day.

Thank Lisa S
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

A, C, Gilbert Discovery Village is the place to go for a last minute excursion, filed trip or even family reunions! Science and crafts and musical instruments oh my! Ever wonder what's going on inside a bee hive? Well you can see close up here. Beginner to advance jungle gyms for all ages and even party rooms that you can reserve. Don't forget the photo op on the giant rocking chair outside the door! Get the fam together and go have some good old fashioned fun!

Thank 60DayTour
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

This is one of the most interesting, fun places you could take children AND adults.
It is also good on a rainy day. I can't say enough about it, you just have to go and "discover" it (pun intended)

Thank Lali L
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Very large children's museum and activity center based in Riverfront park. Plan for about four hours. There is lots of hands-on science type activities and a large play area for physical activity.

Thank Nancy D
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