Admission Prices:

Members:                                                             FREE
General:                                                             $14.00
Seniors (60+) & Active Duty Military  $12.00
Infants under 1:                                               FREE

All Admission and Membership Sales are Final

We are currently open:
Tuesday - Sunday , 10am to 5p





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Primetime Tuesday


Join us on Tuesday afternoons between 2pm and 5pm and enjoy $7 (per person) admission.

This admission price is not valid with any other offer.

Directions to Gilbert House Children's Museum

The Gilbert House Children's Museum is located between the bridges at the north end of Salem Riverfront Park near the bank of the Willamette River.  Please follow the driving directions below, and call us if you have any questions.

From Highway 22 Eastbound:
Cross the Center St. Bridge (over the Willamette River) into Salem; keep to the left and take the Portland - 99E Exit; at the bottom of the ramp, turn right onto Front St.; take first left (Union St.), then into our parking lot.

From 1-5:
Market St. Exit #256 West on Market St.; turn left on Commercial St.; keeping in right lane, take Front St (sign says Business 99E).; turn right at Union St. (first light); then left into our parking lot.

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

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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.

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

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