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 is named after Salem native, A.C. Gilbert. Gilbert was a scholar, inventor, Olympic athlete and gold medalist, entrepreneur, magician, and so much more. Gilbert’s famous Erector Sets were the inspiration for our giant outdoor Erector Set, the highlight of our 20,000 ft² Outdoor Discovery Area.

Gilbert House Children’s Museum 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 15 fun and challenging hands-on exhibits, Outdoor Discovery Area, camps, birthday parties, field trips, membership opportunities and educational programs in the sciences, arts, and humanities.

The Museum is composed of three historic houses; the Rockenfield House, Gilbert House and Parrish House.

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