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Doc Rickett's Pacific Biological Laboratories

800 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA
+1 831-372-8512
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Only worth it if you're REALLY into Steinbeck and all his friends

The volunteer leading the "tour" was clearly enthusiastic, but we spent nearly an hour sitting and... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2017
Cortland, New York
Step into the pages of Steinbeck's Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday

Ed "Doc" Ricketts lived and worked in this building, and now the city of Monterey opens Pacific... read more

Reviewed 22 May 2017
Aurelia S
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A landmark on Cannery Row, this is the spot where John Steinbeck's good buddy and biologist Ed "Doc" Ricketts prepped the marine life he collected before shipping it to schools and medical facilities.
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  • Very good33%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
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800 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA
+1 831-372-8512
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

The volunteer leading the "tour" was clearly enthusiastic, but we spent nearly an hour sitting and listening to his stream-of-consciousness stories. There was no theme to them--just a lot of anecdotes. If you're really into the biographies of Steinbeck and buddies, go for it. Or...More

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Reviewed 22 May 2017

Ed "Doc" Ricketts lived and worked in this building, and now the city of Monterey opens Pacific Biological on certain weekends for tours. For the minimal charge of $15, you can hear about Ed, Dora Flood, and a host of others that have been immortalized...More

Thank Aurelia S
Reviewed 13 May 2017

There is not that much to actually SEE at this nondescript ramshackle building next to the Aquarium, but soak it in: Ed Ricketts lived and worked here. You do get to see some of his specimen jars, his note taking system (genius), a desk he...More

3  Thank CHCNV
Reviewed 5 May 2017

I had read Steinbeck's Cannery Row before visiting Monterey, so it was a great to get to stop by and get my picture in front of the real "Doc's" laboratory. As you walk down the little alley next to it toward the back of the...More

Thank Myflowergirls2
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Cannery Row is rapidly evolving into a tourist friendly location and Cod Rickett's Biological Laboratory is occupying some valuable real estate. Seeing what's happening in the area, it would be no surpassed to see Doc's place deconstructed for the sake of high value business operations,...More

1  Thank SueFromWinnipeg
Reviewed 18 January 2017

This was the home and work place of a very great marine biologist. He was the model for "Doc" in Steinbeck's "Cannery Row" and "Sweet Thursday", he co-wrote a book with Steinbeck and wrote "Between Pacific Tides", a seminal documentation of our West Coast's marine...More

Thank Nelsonian
Reviewed 1 January 2017

Great spot if you've read the book. There is something to be said for a legitimate touch of reality gracing the pages of literature (albeit as an inspiration). Not much to this place, but cool factor is high.

Thank Rubten
Reviewed 15 November 2016

It is an adventure to see how doc Rickett's worked. It brings life to the Steinbeck books that his character is in. Only open on the 2nd & 4th Sat - Sun.

1  Thank Andrea G
Reviewed 15 August 2016

Ed Ricketts was one of first scholar that promote to study the biology beyond each single specie individual, but also the relation between different species. That kind of concept was developed to be current ecology. He is known for his work on “Between Pacific Tides”....More

1  Thank David2012C
Reviewed 27 July 2016

This is the place, it sits right up close to the Aquarium, and it is worth a walk-by to read the plaques, etc. Lucky people are able to tour the interior but that is a rarity.

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