Support Us

Support Us

Inspire children to learn through creative play.

Gilbert House is much more than a museum. Our work changes lives, but we can’t do it without you. Important learning takes place when kids are active and learning through creative play.   Your gift to Gilbert House Children's Museum helps to keep curiosity flowing.

Your tax deductible gift will continue to support our educational opportunities for families throughout our community.

We invite you to give online, or mail a check:
Gilbert House Children's Museum • 116 Marion St. NE • Salem, OR 97301

Supporting our Museum

Photo by Ron Cooper

Gilbert House Children's Museum is a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Founded in 1989, we strive to provide educational opportunities for our community with over 20 hands-on exhibits and 20,000 ft² Outdoor Discovery Area, field trips, and daily programs. Our organization relies on funding beyond our admissions, memberships, and rentals. We receive support from our community partner, the City of Salem, and funding from foundations, business sponsorships, and individual donations. All gift funding goes towards creating a better museum, new exhibits, and more educational opportunities for our visitors.

Business Sponsorships

We invite local businesses to partner with Gilbert House Children's Museum to fund new exhibits, sponsor special events, or sponsor a month of programming within our Gilbert Engineering Studio. It is a wonderful opportunity to contribute to creative learning experiences for young children and to let the community know more about your company.  We have opportunities to fit any financial contribution, and can tailor your sponsorship to be meaningful to you.  Sponsorships include name exposure for your business through related signage and promotional materials.

For more information about becoming a sponsor, please click on the link to our current sponsorship benefits or contact our Executive Director, Alicia Bay, at

Other ways to give back:

  • Visit our Volunteer page to see how you can get involved
  • Do your online shopping through the iGive e-shopping mall.
  • Donate your Oregon redeemable cans and bottles through BottledropGive
  • Support Learning through Creative Play with your Fred Meyer purchases.

Learn how you can double the impact of your donation, and claim a Cultural Tax Credit on your state taxes, through the Oregon Cultural Trust.