Gilbert House Children's Museum

The Willamette Valley & Wine Country

Built to honor Salem native AC Gilbert, who invented the Erector Set, this hands-on children's museum – located in two colorful arts-and-crafts houses – combines educational exhibits with plenty of play areas. The highlight has to be the outdoor Erector Set model, with wood bridges and climbing structures; it's great for energetic little bodies. Adults and toddlers have their own sections too.