Field Trips

Field Trips

Field Trips at Gilbert House Children’s Museum

Come explore Gilbert House Children’s Museum for your next field trip! Our 16 hands-on exhibits and 20,000 square foot outdoor space are designed to engage children in simple and complex forms of play that result in foundational learning. Each exhibit explores one or more STEAM subjects. Our workshops are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards.  Groups must have 10 or more students to receive the discounted group rate.

Independent Exploration Only With Workshop Workshop Only
Students $6 $11 $5
School Staff Free Free Free
Other Adults $3 $3 Free

Independent Exploration Field Trip:

Take your time exploring each of our exhibits as small chaperoned groups.  We recommend splitting up, rather than trying to move through the exhibits as a full class.

  • Age Level: 2-10 years
  • Days: Tuesday-Friday, year round
  • Length: 1.5-3 hours recommended
  • Cost: $6 per student.  Free admission for school staff.  $3 admission for all other chaperones.
  • Ratio:  1 adult required for every 5 children.

Field Trip with Workshop

In addition to independent exploration time, this option includes a 45-minute workshop for your students. We offer one workshop per grade level, tailored to relevant academic standards. Six engineering workshops are offered for mixed age groups.  Grade-specific workshops are not available for mixed age groups.

  • Age Level: 2-10 years
  • Days: Tuesday-Friday, September through June
  • Cost: additional $5 per student for a workshop.  There is no additional workshop cost for chaperones.
  • Length:  1.5-3 hours recommended (workshop is approximately 45 minutes)
  • Workshop Size:  10 student minimum.  If more than 20 students attend, we will provide multiple timeslots and divide the group evenly.
  • Ratio:  1 adult required for every 5 children.

Additional Information

  • Field trips are reserved online only.  Please submit a field trip request at the bottom of the page.
  • At least 2 weeks advanced reservation required for group pricing.
  • If you have a large group (over 40 students) up to 6 weeks advanced reservation is encouraged February through June.
  • Groups over 100 students have the option to reserve the Museum on a Monday during the school year, unless it is a Salem-Keizer School District holiday.
  • Museum memberships, coupons and passes are not valid for school field trips. Homeschool and community groups, please call 503-371-3631 for details on pricing.
  • Your field trip is not confirmed until you receive an email confirmation letter.  If we have any questions about your request, we will contact you before confirming your field trip.
  • Full payment is due on or before the date of the field trip.  We accept cash, credit card, check, or purchase orders.  Payment using purchase order is due within 20 days of receipt of invoice.
  • Wristbands for admittance will be mailed to your school two weeks prior to your trip.  Unused wristbands can be returned to the front desk for a refund the day of your trip.  Additional wristbands can be purchased at regular admission cost ($8).

Any questions?  Please contact us at (503) 371-3631 or through email at

Please use our Field Trip Calendar below to view existing field trip bookings before scheduling your group’s trip.  We book field trips half an hour apart.  We cap our field trip bookings at 200 students in the Museum at the same time.Click edit button to change this code.