Founded in 1989, A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village is a non-profit, interactive children's museum providing hands-on learning through innovative exhibits and programming. We make it our mission to ‘inspire children of all ages to learn and grow through play.' A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village reaches over 100,000 individuals annually who visit the museum and/or participate in our educational programs that focus on science, art and the humanities.
Salem’s children’s museum is named after A.C. Gilbert, a Salem native who was the inventor of the Erector Set and other educational toys. We believe, as he did, that playing is essential to learning. A.C. Gilbert embraced the idea that the process of constructing and deconstructing simple machines contributed to relevant and important learning experiences. Over 100 years after the production of A.C. Gilbert’s first Erector Sets, A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village continues Gilbert’s legacy of providing children with opportunities to engage in programs where they can explore the process of building, engineering, and design.