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National Steinbeck Center

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Address: One Main Street, Salinas, CA 93901
Phone Number: 831-775-4721
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Description: A celebration and exploration of the well-known author's work...
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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Wonderful tribute! Very well done

Visited with several Steinbeck fans and was delighted. Extremely well done museum gives a good overview of his life, his work and the influencing factors. Good hands on exhibits... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
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des moines
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92 reviews 92 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

Visited with several Steinbeck fans and was delighted. Extremely well done museum gives a good overview of his life, his work and the influencing factors. Good hands on exhibits for smaller kids. Student and senior discounts with ID. Small gift shop has a ruler listing all his books by publication date. Birthplace home and East of Eden landmarks close by.

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Salinas, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Great representation of the famous Salinas Valley Author, John Steinbeck. Special exhibits keeps me interested.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I'm not the biggest Steinbeck fan. I don't even think I've ever read one of his books. But, this place is amazing! And I realized how important he is to the literary history of our country. It was an incredible experience wandering through all of the collections about his life. Mind opening. And then we had to go to the... More 

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Redwood City, CA
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

John Steinbeck is one of my favorite authors, and after taking a course at Stanford, in which we read many of his books and studied his life, I knew I had to visit the Steinbeck Center. We were fortunate to visit on a weekday and it was quiet and uncrowded and you could take your time reading and enjoying each... More 

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Marina, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

A wonderful museum composed of the many chapters of John Steinbeck's life and writing. Since many of his books were influenced by Monterey and Salinas, the displays are also very interesting regarding the canneries and agricultural history of the valley. There is plenty to read and look at, including many of the colorful characters (many based on real people) of... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Pretty cool place, especially if you like John Steinbeck! Go check it out. only like 10 bucks and they give his whole history and the backgrounds to all his books. Hint: His books mostly took place in Salinas and Monterey Bay... So that's really cool.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

brings history to life surely a must see. This was California and now it is the Salad Bowl of the United States and even the world

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This venue is not much to look at, although the historical information is of value. There are a lot of aother things in Salinas to see as well.

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Salinas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

If you like Steinbeck's writings you will definitely love the Steinbeck Center. So much history of John Steinbeck.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

They have made a very interesting and fact full hall of John Steinbeck life and works. A must stop off Hwy 101 between L.A. and San Francisco. See you at the Steinbeck Center.

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