Toys play an important role in the history of A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village. As many of you already know, we take our name from A.C. Gilbert, a Salem native and toy inventor best known for creating the Erector Set and Mysto Magic kits. Imagination Station, our exhibit on the life and inventions of Mr. Gilbert, showcases many of his classic toys, including an American Flyer train set.
A.C. Gilbert's personal philosophy was that "playing is essential to learning." It's a philosophy that we've taken to heart and promote with our hands-on exhibits and educational programs. The museum's gift shop likewise embraces this value with its array of imagination-powered toys that have been handpicked to encourage open-ended discovery.
Erector sets have come a long way since the A.C. Gilbert Toy Company started production in 1911. Our museum shop offers several Erector Set kits, including a radio control car kit and motorized T-rex kit (shown below).