A. C. Gilbert's Discovery Village
Andrew T. Gilbert House
|Location||116 Marion St., NE, Salem, Oregon|
|Area||0.2 acres (0.081 ha)|
|Architect||Charles A. Robert|
|Architectural style||Queen Anne|
|NRHP Reference #||80003350|
|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. 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.
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.
- 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.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- Answers.com - Erector Sets
- A.C.'s Backyard
- Kids apply themselves at Museum of Play. CNN, accessed October 10, 2007.
- A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village: About Us
- Media related to A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village at Wikimedia Commons
- A. C. Gilbert's Discovery Village homepage
- Historic photos of the Gilbert House from the University of Oregon digital archives
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