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Gilbert House Children's Museum, Salem

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  • My girls are 4 (almost 5) & a 2.5yo. They really enjoyed all the different play areas, especially the indoor and outdoor kitchen, sand/dig area, playscape and the veterinarian room. The whole place wa...  more »
  • 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 a...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • The outdoor area is a MADHOUSE! My two year old daughter was pushed and shoved by many RUDE school aged children! Every turn she made in the maze structure there was a child ready to shove their way past my daughter. A child even shoved me. I have NO desire to return to this museum. The indoor areas weren't as bad but still many unsupervised kids grabbing toys out of other kids hands and way too many parents glued to their phones ignoring their children's pleas for attention. The musuem should be designated NO CELL PHONE USE in all play areas. There were many different themes in the rooms for children to play, some rooms needed more toys, like more baby dolls in the doctor area. Seeing my daughter pushed around by kids of all ages really made me dislike the entire museum. Also parents should get in free!
  • Love going here with the kids. Fun rooms to educate and explore with lots of hands on exhibits. Amazing outdoor play area that provides hours of fun. Have had a membership for a couple years and it's worth every penny.
  • Went on a field trip with kindergarten class. The children loved this place. Inside the three different "houses"(museums) lots of hands on exploring opportunities. Outside there are awesome and very safe play structures. Also a covered area to picnic at, with bathrooms that were clean and close by
  • Good museum overall for kids up to 8 year old and a blast if your kid is good at pretend play. I wonder why it looks some of the play structures have been taken down and replaced with nothing. I'd love to see more slides or interactive structures. I liked the big long slide. Nice layout. Price is right for the amenities.
  • We moved to Salem last year and stumbled on to Gilbert House and were impressed immediately. The lady at the front desk was really nice and answered all of our questions. The membership rate for a family is under $100 and includes admittance to OMSI in Portland and the the Science Factory in Eugene, once our family of four used the benefit at OMSI twice our membership was paid for. The museum is set in several old beautiful Victorian homes, and they have many engaging displays. I have a four year old and a ten month old and they both can find something to do while there, it's a great place to go on rainy days. They also have an outdoor area that is truly amazing. The huge climbing structure is like a three dimensional labyrinth, there is a sand pit and a camping area. Tons of stuff to climb, jump, hang and dig. We love the place so much we sent our oldest to preschool there, and we are glad we did! The teachers love their jobs, and they prioritize making sure the kids get outside and move every day, regardless of weather. And the price is very reasonable considering that it's set in such an amazing place.