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National Steinbeck Center

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Address: 1 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-3436
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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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A great national treasure located in Salinas!

The museum is located downtown. It memorializes the literary genius of the great humanitarian. A well designed museum providing visages associate with the poingniant stories... read more

Reviewed 18 March 2017
George A. J
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Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

The museum is located downtown. It memorializes the literary genius of the great humanitarian. A well designed museum providing visages associate with the poingniant stories addressing key human interest concerns. A must see attraction in the Central Coast.

Thank George A. J
Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

The perfect place to learn about the life and times of the incredible author, John Steinbeck. A beautiful building housing a mesmerizing display of John Steinbeck's life and work, as well as Salinas and surrounding areas. Great staff that seem overjoyed to greet every visitor and help them get the most out of the fine work put into the Steinbeck... More 

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Reviewed 8 March 2017

This museum is very well curated and features engaging and educational exhibits about John Steinbeck life and work. The various rooms bring to life the characters and places from Steinbeck's famous books and are a joy to walk through and explore. There are many hands-on displays that will keep kids about (10 years old and up) engaged even if they... More 

Thank CASD312
Northfield, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

Stopped here on our way up the coast towards San Jose. Both of us had read Steinbeck in school and were mildly interested in this stop to break up the trip. The museum has a good introductory film that you should see before entering the exhibit (the docents recommended this) which proved to be helpful. The main exhibit is a... More 

Thank Roger S
Palo Alto, California
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

The National Steinbeck Center was a great followup to our guided walking tour of Cannery Row the day before. The museum presents a biography of John Steinbeck using a range of exhibits from videos, vintage photos and movie clips to mock-ups of old boilers used as living quarters during the depression. Anyone who enjoys Steinbeck's writing will come to a... More 

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Weimar, California
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Reviewed 28 February 2017

Thank goodness for targeted advertising. (Did I really just say that?) After booking a night at Vision Quest Zoo Glamping, I got some alert of other things to do in Salinas, or I never would have heard of this place. The grandkids I was traveling with are not strong readers, but I wanted to give them some cultural exposure. In... More 

Thank CarolynVan
Salinas, California
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

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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Reviewed 28 January 2017

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

Thank donwolf20
Colorado Springs
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Reviewed 24 January 2017 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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Reviewed 22 January 2017

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.

Thank luvtravlin53

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