About the Museum

About the Museum

Our Mission | Inspiring Children to Learn Through Creative Play

Our Vision | To ignite enthusiasm for life-long learning in the next generation. Honoring, Practicing and Promoting Diversity

Ron Cooper Aerial for web

Gilbert House Children's Museum is comprised of 20  hands-on exhibits, our Outdoor Discovery Area, camps, field trips, membership opportunities, and educational programs in the sciences, arts, and humanities. The Museum is composed of five historic houses; the Rockenfield House, Gilbert House, Parrish House, Little Gem, and Wilson-Durbin House

The Gilbert House Children's Museum is a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) children's museum connected to downtown Salem's Riverfront Park. Founded in 1989, Gilbert House Children's Museum provides innovative and stimulating educational experiences which spark children's natural curiosity. The Museum is named after Salem native, A.C. Gilbert, an extraordinary scholar, inventor, Olympic athlete and gold medalist, entrepreneur, and magician. An advocate of learning through play, Gilbert was the proud inventor of the Erector Set, the inspiration for our giant outdoor Erector Set, the highlight of our 20,000 ft² Outdoor Discovery Area.

ZSP00046 (edited)

Photo by Zak Stone

Student volunteers(edit)

Gilbert House Children's Museum does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.