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AC Gilberts Discovery Village Salem

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AC Gilberts Discovery Village
116 Marion Street NE
Salem
OR
97301
Tel: 503-371-3631

Directions

The museum is located just under the Marion Street Bridge in Salem's Riverfront Park.

From the I-5, exit 256W onto Market St. Turn left onto Commercial St, and move into the right lane. Take Front St and turn right on Union St. Then you will see their parking lot!

Where are we going today?

A.C Gilberts Discovery Village is a lovely non-profit children's museum that wants to give kids a chance to be inspired to learn by creative play! It's such a fun place to play! They have a number of exhibits which challenge the kids, but let them have a great time too!

Just what we like to hear!

Tinker Tracks is a fun exhibit where kids can explore the idea of motion as they build tracks on metal walls. Then they can watch their ball go through the tracks, and here the fun starts as they get to tinker away to see how the ball's direction changes!

Outdoor play? Yes please! The Outdoor Discovery Center at A. C Gilbert’s Discovery Village is the largest community-built project in Salem (what a lovely place to live!) and now kids have a place to climb, slide, run and play! Here they can become the captain of a paddle wheel, or explore the inside of an animal cell (pretty cool!)

Those little kids will love Imagination Playground which is a super fun room full of big blue blocks to play with! The builder in them can run wild as they turn these blocks into fun new structures!

Imagination Station has a super fun "viewing bubble" where kids can be right in the thick of the action as the train makes it's way around them, and for those little ones under 2, the Play Room is the perfect place for imaginative play. Maybe they want to be a chef in the kitchen, or perhaps build a fort before enjoying the fun slide?

We haven't even begun to describe all the rooms yet! They can travel to China, visit a grocery store, and travel out into space!

Kids get so much out of bring creative and having fun, stimulating open play areas. A.C Gilberts Discovery Village is perfect for that!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$8
  • ChildrenToddlers aged 1 & 2: $4
  • Free Under: 1
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm. Sunday 12pm - 5pm

Closed Mondays, New Years Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Teachers corner

The museum is a great destination for field trips! Their exhibits and programs are perfect to engage children in all forms of play, and they can tailor a trip to your needs. .

Any Top Tips?

Check out their events and activities! They offer Discovery Saturdays, Theater Arts Wednesdays and Outdoor Fridays, just to name a few! .

More information

The Outdoor Discovery Center may be closed with inclement weather. Make sure you call before hand if you want to visit the outdoor sections and you aren't sure! .

What people are saying?

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    Should be fun inside

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    we really like this places, mostly cos it is free with our OMSI card and they regularly change their exhibits and the kids (8 and 5) have liked it for years and years now. Husband always takes them to the carousel afterward.

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    Great place. I bring my kids here & they enjoy playing & spending the day learning & playing. In the summer especially it's preety nice.

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    I was one of the lucky ones that helped out in the early years. Wow if its been a while sence you have visited You really need to get down there and see what this has developed into today. Salem should be proud.
    Grab the kids and get down there.

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    This is a great place for kids and adults. There is so much to look at and learn about and a lot of fun to be had. It is a decent price for hours of fun!

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