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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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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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Great Monument to One of America's Literary Greats

I am a huge Steinbeck fan and believe him to be a forgotten literary genius and a figure not given his due for consistently creating amazing stories. This monument to him does... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am a huge Steinbeck fan and believe him to be a forgotten literary genius and a figure not given his due for consistently creating amazing stories. This monument to him does a fantastic job of educating, entertaining and inspiring; which is precisely what Steinbeck would've wanted. If you're close by at all, do visit.

Thank HenryAbott
novato, ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was very impressed here. Watched two short films inside, and moved on to the museum. It is interesting and well laid out. Displays are very creative and attractive. May not be for little ones, but for older kids and adults it will make you want to read - or re-read his books. Stayed about an hour and a half, would... More 

Thank lane t
Aberdour, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Thanks everyone for the museum. Fascinating, really rekindled my interest in John Steinbeck. Really added to our visit to California.

Thank Johnmctaggart
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Only had time for a quick visit en route to SF Airport for our return journey but i am really glad we made the time. My daughter and I did the tour of the museum and having read a lot of Steinbeck, found out some facts about the man and his works that were new to me. It would have... More 

Thank methers_9
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

During our journey from Vancouver Canada to California we stopped off in Salinas and as a life long fan of his books we had to visit the museum - i was not disappointed as it is a comprehensive history of his life and works presented in a very interesting way - any devotee of his writings should visit at least... More 

Thank Mikewithbeard
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

This is a very interactive museum with different sections highlighting the different Steinbeck novels as well as the historical context around them. My husband and I had only read a few Steinbeck books before this (Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, Cannery Row) and didn't expect to get much out of it, but we really got into it. Its... More 

Thank RosaritoRita
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

An excellent museum dedicated to all things Steinbeck. We spent a lovely couple of hours reading and meandering thru the exhibits. I'd recommend this museum for anyone wanting to find about more about this great American novelist

Thank TravelBobCanada
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

We broke away from our main plans travelling up the coast to visit the Steinbeck Center. It was good to see Steinbeck's childhood house but it's the Center that really brings his work to life. It's well worth the detour for any fan of his writing.

Thank Stephen M
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

The place has been upgraded since our last visit years ago. This is one place you cannot miss if visiting Salinas. The memorabilia of the famous author is very interesting. It was fascinating to find out how Steinbeck transported manuscripts back and forth to editors/publishers via a wooden box (before FedEx and email, of course). The camper he used to... More 

Thank EdGamboa
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

We drove the fifteen miles to Salinas which is where the Steinbeck Centre is. We loved Salinas; it's a quiet, small and picturesque city, spotlessly clean and cheerful again. The Steinbeck Centre was fifteen dollars each to get in but this was very decent value as the quality of the exhibition was very high and the charming docent (guide/curator) really... More 

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