Gilbert House Children’s Museum – Creative Play in Salem

Inspiring children to learn through creative play


What is reserved admission?
Reserved admission means that you will pre-book and pre-pay your time to come and play during a specific two-hour time block and that is the only time your ticket will be valid. For example: Your reservation may be for Tuesday, March 30 from 10am - 12pm. Your ticket will only be valid for entry between these times.

Do I get two hours of play regardless of when I arrive during my assigned time?
No, your two hour period of time begins at the assigned entry time regardless of whether or not you are onsite.

What if my kids are still playing when it is time to leave?
To ensure staff has time to perform the necessary cleaning between groups, departure times will be strictly enforced. Restrooms will be closed 15 minutes prior to departure times so please plan your visit accordingly.

If I am unable to make it during the time I purchased can I reschedule?
As a Gilbert House Children's Museum member, you are able to contact Visitor Services to reschedule your play. We encourage you to call 24 hours in advance to cancel so that your opening may allow another family to come and play. A few walk-in spots are also available during each time slot. These will be sold based on capacity limits within the museum.

Are masks required?
Yes, masks are required for all staff and visitors ages 5+ for entry and in all indoor exhibit spaces. (This includes the Gilbert and Rockenfield Houses, and Bill's Bubble Factory) Masks must be CDC approved face coverings and cover both the nose and chin simultaneously. While not required, masks are strongly encouraged for children ages 2-5. Masks are not required for play in the Outdoor Discovery Area.

What happens if I don't have a mask?
Disposable masks will be provided for you onsite prior to entry into any indoor exhibit spaces. Cloth masks will also be available for purchase in our Gift Shop. Failure to wear a mask will result in removal of your party from the facility.

How do I check the status of my membership?
During the time we have been closed we have kept your memberships active so that you were still able to access reciprocal partners who were able to have areas of their facilities open. We have not taken any of the time you had on your membership away from you. Your membership became active again on April 9, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact Visitor Services.


"Teaching children about the natural world should be one of the most important events in their lives." ~ Thomas Berry Our priority is to provide all children the opportunity to PLAY! We are so grateful for the grant in the amount of $75,000 from The Salem Foundation as a result of a grant from the Epping Family Foundation in support of soon to be announced plans to improve the Outdoor Discovery Area to better allow everyone to play. #gilberthousechildrensmuseum #gratitude #priorityplay #learningthroughcreativeplay ...
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Summer has just arrived and today is going to be a HOT one. Liquids are a must in super-hot summer heat. Plain water is great, but in addition to drinks, you can stay hydrated with treats and foods. Freeze a mix of water and fruit or juice into popsicle molds and let the kids eat these. Make smoothies with fruits and juices. Or just freeze fruits and eat them as snacks – grapes or chunks of fruit like watermelon, pineapple, mango, banana or strawberries are delish! What is your favorite way to keep your kids hydrated during the summer? #gilberthousechildrensmuseum #summerfuninthesun #learningthroughcreativeplay #gilberthouse ...
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This will be a beautiful weekend to get out and enjoy Riverfront Park. Be sure to stroll through Storybook Lane to read all about Snappsy the Alligator. #gilberthousechildrensmuseum #gilberthouse #learningthroughcreativeplay #storybooklane #scholasticbooks #readingisfun #snappsythealligator #awalkintheparkwithagoodbook ...
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Summer is all about blowing bubbles and having fun. Bill's Bubble Factory is the perfect place to come and celebrate summer. Make your reservations to come and play today! #gilberthousechildrensmuseum #learningthroughcreativeplay #billsbubblefactory #summerfuninthesun ...
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Have you been outside to play at Gilbert House lately? If not, let our Visitor Services Team take you on a quick tour of all of the fun things there are to do when you are in the Outdoor Discovery Area. Visit our website to make your reservations to play and be sure to follow us on TikTok for more fun videos from our Visitor Service Team, @gilberthousecm on TikTok. #gilberthousechildrensmuseum #outdoorplay #learningthroughcreativeplay #gilberthouse #outdoordiscoveryarea #tiktok #gilberthousecm #playoutside ...
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