About Gilbert House Children’s Museum

The Gilbert House Children’s Museum is a private nonprofit children’s museum located in 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’s mission is to “inspire children to learn through creative play.” This is accomplished through fun and challenging exhibits, camps, birthday parties, membership opportunities and outreach programs in the sciences, arts, and humanities. The Museum is composed of three historic houses; the Rockenfield House, Gilbert House and Parrish House.

How does your organization promote/use brain science with children birth through 5 years of age?

The Museum’s mission is to “inspire children to learn through creative play.” This is accomplished through fun and challenging exhibits, including:

  • Discovery Campground is a part of the Outdoor Discover Center and helps kids develop gross motor skills and self-awareness through climbing, jumping, and balancing. There are endless opportunities for imaginative and active play, which helps kids develop their creativity and imagination.
  • Main Street is an exhibit that allows kids to do their own banking, shopping, which encourages independent thinking, making choices, and practical social skills.
  • Tinker Tracks is a system of chutes and accessories that you can use to create a track for a ball.