The grand opening for the All About Me exhibit is set for Friday, January 27 at 10:30 a.m. The exhibit gives children the opportunity to use pretend play to learn about health and medical professions with areas like a microscope station, diagnostic imaging of body parts on touch screens, operating table, baby nursery, and more.
“We are so excited for the new All About Me exhibit,” says Gilbert House Executive Director, Alicia Bay, “Children will be able to imagine themselves as medical professionals, hopefully have less intimidating experiences visiting their own doctors, and feel empowered to make healthy choices because they can better understand how their bodies work.”
A.C. Gilbert, the Salem-born man whom Gilbert House Children’s Museum is named after, graduated from Yale Medical School in 1909, but chose not to pursue a medical career. Instead, he focused on innovating and inventing, eventually creating the Erector Set, a toy which helped children discover that same spirit of innovation and creation themselves.
Gilbert House staff consulted with medical professionals for the planning and design of the exhibit. The exhibit was made possible with the support of community sponsors Salem Health, Diagnostic Imaging of Salem, and the Juan Young Trust.
Members of the Salem Health Executive Leadership Committee even helped create the exhibit by prepping and painting the exhibit walls on their own time.
The January 27 grand opening will feature a ribbon cutting, as well as the first opportunity for children to don medical lab coats and play in the exhibit.