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National Steinbeck Center

1 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-3436
+1 831-775-4721
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Makes me want to reread CANNERY ROW and other books

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

Reviewed 30 December 2016
Hautetee
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Walnut Creek
Great little place for great history

This center has a Steinbeck Museum in it and that is worth seeing. Especially if you are a John... read more

Reviewed 9 December 2016
Evi_02
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Salinas, California
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A celebration and exploration of the well-known author's work through multi-sensory exhibits, priceless artifacts and live theater performances.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good29%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-3436
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Reviewed December 30, 2016

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

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Reviewed December 9, 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...More

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Reviewed November 17, 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...More

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Reviewed November 1, 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...More

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Reviewed October 22, 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.

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Reviewed October 17, 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...More

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Reviewed October 3, 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...More

1  Thank markr1360
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Reviewed September 30, 2016

Thought we would spend an hour or so and was very pleasantly surprised that there was so much to see and take in. We started our tour with the 10 and 13 minute films in the small theater that gave a good background to Steinbeck...More

1  Thank dhen
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Reviewed September 17, 2016

Huge Steinbeck fan, in fact our trip to the area was to see the places he wrote about. The museum does a good job of covering some of the issues that drove his writing and him. The exhibits are well done, The two films at...More

1  Thank kmole4000
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Reviewed September 15, 2016

Visiting Cannery Row in Monterey inspired us to take a side trip to the museum honoring John Steinbeck in Salinas. This lovely modern museum does a wonderful job with his life and great works. Interactive displays would be good for children. Short movies about Salinas...More

2  Thank gardener4313
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jes95135
March 10, 2017|
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Response from luvtravlin53 | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe so. You could call and find out. It is self guided and there are many movie clips so I don't think it would be possible. It's not large enough for a docent tour. Read all of your Steinbeck books before you go!
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