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National Steinbeck Center

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Address: One Main Street, Salinas, CA 93901
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+1 831-775-4721
10:00 - 17:00
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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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Worth the visit if in Monterey or Carmel

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 

Thank Valy B
Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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.

Thank MJH048
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank Anne C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We stopped here on our way home from Monterey and found the museum to be fun and educational but also feeling unmaintained. We started the visit by watching their two 12 1/2-minute films on Steinbeck's life and the Salinas Valley. Both were interesting and packed a lot of information. However, the broken and missing seats in the theater foreshadowed what... More 

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

A museum telling stories of Steinbeck's novels, and an introduction to the town of Salinas. Definitely overpriced, though pretty educational of that period of time when Steinbeck lived.

Thank Sherry_Geek
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

My husband and I were driving from San Jose to Los Angeles, but as we were passing by Salinas, we saw a sign for a Steinbeck museum. We'd both read Steinbeck in school, and I love writer museums quite a lot. We thought this would be a great place to stretch our legs. The pricing was bit high for us,... More 

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Bremerton, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

I thought I could push through there in under two hours so I wouldn't have to move my car. Well that didn't work. I spent nearly four hours there and enjoyed every minute of it. Traveling through Salinas, and Monterey Bay brought new meaning to his books. My wife is not much of a reader yet she was really enjoyed... More 

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