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 ft² outdoor playground 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 and Common Core State Standards.  Groups must have 10 or more students to receive the discounted group rate.

Independent Exploration Field Trip Standard Workshop
(Added to Field Trip Cost)
Engineering Workshop
(Added to Field Trip Cost)
Per Student $6 $5 $3
School Staff Free Free Free
Other Adults $3 Free 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: 4-11 years recommended
  • 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.

Add a Workshop

Enhance your field trip experience with the addition of a hands-on workshop.  We offer 30-45 minute instructor-led workshops that spark new learning in mathematics, science, and engineering.  We have recommended grade levels per subject matter, though workshops are available to any group regardless of age or skill level.  View all available workshops below.

  • Age Level: 6-11 years recommended
  • Workshops Available: Tuesday or Friday (September-March); Tuesday-Friday (April-June)
  • Cost: Workshops are charged per student.  Standard Workshops are $5/student.  Engineering Workshops are $3/student.  There is no additional workshop cost for chaperones.
  • Length:  Standard Workshops are 30-45 minutes.
  • Workshop Size:  10-20 students for Standard Workshops.  For large groups, our Engineering Workshops offer additional options.
  • 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.
  • For public and private schools, 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.
  • For homeschool or co-op groups, full payment is two weeks prior to 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.