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Henry Miller Memorial Library

Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920
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Ranked #13 of 15 attractions in Big Sur
Type: Libraries
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Los Angeles, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

My fiance is a Henry Miller fanatic so when we spotted the sign for this "library" during a trek down the California coast, she insisted we pop in for a look. There's not much to see--some cool-but-fading movie posters of adaptations of Miller's works, the requisite Kerouac and Miller book offerings (I picked up a copy of Big Sur for... More

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Beresford, South Dakota, USA
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108 reviews 108 reviews
10 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

All I can say is that there is very little to this place, and not much to see. I walked through the whole thing and was back in my car in 5 minutes.

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We were there for such a special wedding of our two best friends. The spot was perfect and such a great piece of Big Sur history. Nestled between the redwoods, a must visit spot.

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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This quirky little bookstore was a fun little stop on our way to our hotel. The girl who worked there was so friendly! We were really surprised by the number of big name bands that have played at the library. I only wish we could go back in the summer to catch a show. What an amazing experience that would... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

attending a wedding here and it was picture perfect. the redwoods are grand and it has so much character.

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Los Angeles
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

You don't have to be an avid Henry Miller fan to enjoy this little gem of a library on the Pacific Coast Hwy in Big Sur, CA

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 via mobile

My trip here was a pilgrimage. For most of my twenties, Miller was a god to me and I always hoped I'd visit this place one day. Big mistake. It's a shoddy little bookshop dressed up as something more. The books that aren't for sale look like a load of old junk just thrown together. Miller didn't even live here,... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

The owners have eclectic taste, so you find all sorts of random and fun books here. It's well worth a stop as you drive through Big Sur.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

It was really a treat to walk into the library and see it so full of people really browsing and enjoying themselves. An old fashioned (well, like the 1980s) record player was playing something and the atmosphere of books, music, people and huge trees felt like sneaking around in something magical. Its also worth to note that books are sold,... More

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Morgan Hill, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

They even have musical events and you never know who may show up. Big names just show up and play here. It is wonderful even without that but the events make it great.

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