A. C. Gilbert's Discovery Village

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Andrew T. Gilbert House
Gilbert House Salem Oregon.JPG
A. C. Gilbert's Discovery Village is located in Oregon
A. C. Gilbert's Discovery Village
Location 116 Marion St., NE, Salem, Oregon
Coordinates 44°56′42″N 123°2′28″W / 44.94500°N 123.04111°W / 44.94500; -123.04111Coordinates: 44°56′42″N 123°2′28″W / 44.94500°N 123.04111°W / 44.94500; -123.04111
Area 0.2 acres (0.081 ha)
Built 1887
Architect Charles A. Robert
Architectural style Queen Anne
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 80003350[1]
Added to NRHP November 06, 1980

The A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village is an interactive children's museum located in Salem, Oregon, United States. This hands-on museum was named in honor of American inventor Alfred Carlton Gilbert and displays several of his inventions, most notably the Erector Set. In fact, the Village is home to the world's largest Erector Set tower at 52 feet.[2][3] Originally home to the National Toy Hall of Fame, the museum sold the Hall of Fame to the Strong - National Museum of Play in 2002.[4]

Besides its interactive exhibits, the Discovery Village also provides summer camps, birthday party packages, and outreach programs.

The museum is housed in several historic Victorian buildings, including the Andrew T. Gilbert House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), and a 1998 replica of the Wilson-Durbin House, which was also NRHP-listed until it was destroyed by fire in 1990.[5]


  • Erector Set Tower – A 52 feet high erector set tower; the largest in the world. There are also 3 giant slides and a maze.
  • City of Salem Paddle Wheeler - A model of the City of Salem, a ship that once served the people of Salem.
  • American Flyer Train
  • Mammoth Dig – A simulated archeological dig for children.
  • Giant Animal Cell
  • Gilbert Rocks – A rock climbing wall.
  • Miniature Village – Model homes from around the world in a global village.
  • Global Games Amphitheater
  • Musical Ensemble Deck - Interactive exhibit featuring instruments from around the world.


Replica of the Wilson-Durbin House


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