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Henry Miller Memorial Library

Address: Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920
Phone Number: 831-667-2574
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Ranked #17 of 25 things to do in Big Sur
Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources
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Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Ruther Glen, Virginia
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128 reviews 128 reviews
15 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We stopped in at the Henry Miller Memorial Library, and what we found was a very small and charming hippie outpost dedicated to writer Henry Miller. It's located in a small redwood enclave on Route 1. Stop in and browse the books, and buy a cup of tea of coffee. It's a fun little stop that's thought provoking and won't... More 

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Palos Verdes
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67 reviews 67 reviews
15 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

We've been visiting the library for the past 25 years. The library is situated in a small area off highway one surrounded by tall redwood trees. There is something warm and inviting about the library which wreaks of history and nostalgia of a long passed era of Big Sur. When one enters the old wooden cabin there's a feeling that... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Go here if you are a fan, or even slightly interested in Henry Miller, it's fun, friendly and informative.

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Vancouver, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Lovely place. Very laid back. Rustic old house is now the bookstore; lots of open space and patio to start reading the Henry Miller book I just bought. Two hippie-looking young people as sweet as pie playing ping pong and laughing were working there--they just said if you want to buy something come interrupt our game and we'll serve you.... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

A quick stop for those just looking around. The book store had lots of interesting books and handwritten items from Henry Miller himself.

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Santa Clara, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

It's hard to explain to people that prior to Henry Miller, Hollywood was turning out some very risque movies with interesting themes, and then Henry Miller came along and took everything to extremes. His writings and paintings are on the wall (mostly from his time in exile in france). He was definitely trying to copy Chagall -- he actually asked... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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83 reviews 83 reviews
20 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My English professor wife ranks the Henry Miller Library as excellent! For me, regular guy, is was very good. Very funky and fun place. Wide open exploration of sex and sexuality. Its all good unless you are uptight. There is a letter on the wall from someone who didn't understand Mr. Miller's writings. Look on the wall near the back.... More 

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Folsom, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I admit that I have never read any of Henry Miller's writing, though I was an English major in college. Still, I was curious, and I really had to use a restroom! I walked in to find two young ladies painting a backdrop mural for an upcoming event, and they invited me to "paint a feather." I declined and headed... More 

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Rutherford, New Jersey
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69 reviews 69 reviews
25 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Not only is this an interesting bookstore, they hold concerts and movies outdoors. The staff is friendly. It's definitely for the artsy, hippie crowd.

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Los Angeles, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

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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