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National Steinbeck Center

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Address: One Main Street, Salinas, CA 93901
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A celebration and exploration of the well-known author's work through...

A celebration and exploration of the well-known author's work through

multi-sensory exhibits, priceless artifacts and live theater performances.

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Walked thru this museum with lots of Salinas history. Things for children to interact with and lots of information

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Salinas, California
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Salinas, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Walked thru this museum with lots of Salinas history. Things for children to interact with and lots of information

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Los Gatos, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of parking, great volunteer and docent staff that is very helpful. Enumerable books and document by and about Steinbeck.

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Colorado Springs
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We nearly bypassed this interesting museum but decided to spend a bit of time here to break up a day of driving. We were glad we did! It's been many years since we'd read any of Steinbeck's work. The displays brought back memories from the books as well as adding better understanding of why he'd written them. His love for... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The staff is great. I often go in to browse the gift shop. It will be a better experience if you have read all of the books first. You can spend hours here. There are exhibits and film clips.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

This is a very enjoyable museum even if you're not a museum type. The vast materials from books to movies and awards, even his camper, make it alive and accessible. I highly recommend it. Only 7 miles from Monterey so definitely worth the trip. For lunch or dinner, walk down to the second movie theater to Pica Fresh Mex -... More 

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Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

We are Steinbeck fans. The displays are set up to follow each of his most famous stories. We spent several hours revisiting these wonderful works. The visit has inspired me to reread some of the books and to read ones I haven't yet. We loved our time there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

This is a very well presented museum of prolific author, John Steinbeck. Film clips, readings from books, plays, personal life are all here. We could have spent the whole day here investigating. He wrote more than I have read. Now I am going to the library.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Great place to visit if you're traveling along highway 101. Easy stop in Salinas. Great history lesson.

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Salinas, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

This center has a Steinbeck Museum in it and that is worth seeing. Especially if you are a John Steinbeck fan. I loved it. However the building itself is not appealing from the outside or in, and aside from the museum I would not go there.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Just what our post-election spirits needed; the Steinbeck National Center is an excellent reminder of the plurality of America. Two short films nicely introduce both Steinbeck and the history of agriculture in Salinas. The exhibits are visually attractive and we enjoyed the snippets of films highlighting various books and movies. We almost didn't make the stop based on a few... More 

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