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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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Santa Clara, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
79 helpful votes 79 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Beresford, South Dakota, USA
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113 reviews 113 reviews
11 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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