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National Steinbeck Center

Address: One Main Street, Salinas, CA 93901
Phone Number: 831-775-4721
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Ranked #2 of 11 Attractions in Salinas
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: A celebration and exploration of the well-known author's work through multi-sensory exhibits...
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Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Hiking
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Bakersfield, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Reasonably good depiction af the life and times of John Steinbeck, with other exhibits that are of equakl interest. However, the price may be a little too high.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Not your typical museum with just artifacts in display cases. Interactive and excellent education and exposure to the man and his work. Sometimes they have special events such as period music concerts which we attended. You can eat lunch at his house just a short walk away. I had to read his works which somehow I never read in school.... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Fabulous centre in Salinas-(the birthplace of Steinbeck,) in honour of this insightful author-re reading many on his books again, including Cannery Row following my visit to Monterey!! Recommended in Jonathan B's guide to San Francisco and CA

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San Ramon, California
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52 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I've wanted to visit the National Steinbeck Center ever since I read East of Eden in 2008. So, glad my hubby and I visited the National Steinbeck Center for the 1st time yesterday. The docents on hand were really nice and friendly and shared lots of information. We liked the layout of the exhibit hall featuring many displays about both... More 

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California Central Coast
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

When they built the Center, I thought, how on earth can you make a museum for an author? Their power is in the words. Well, the Steinbeck Center managed to do this. Steinbeck's words are everywhere. I had no idea how prolific he was. Special events are staged there, and the bookstore is full of Steinbeck memorabilia. It's worth a... More 

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Rainier, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We visited the Center shortly after it opened, and really enjoyed it. Have not been back since, although were in town when my actor son played the part of Lennie in "Mice and Men" at the nearby Western Stage during their Steinbeck celebration. Decided to stop, though, on our way North recently, just to see Rocinante once more. My favorite... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This place has a great introductory film about Steinbeck to set his life and contributions in perspective. There is a walk-thru museum with memorabilia about various books and events in his life. It is very nicely done. They say that the center's store has the greatest retail sales of Steinbeck books in the U.S.

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Pittsburg, California
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

This is a great place to learn about Steinbeck and what influenced a lot of his writings. Great displays about him and his family and growing up in the Salinas Valley. Great teacher discount too! A parking garage is close by.

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Cajun in Southwest Louisiana
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Nicely laid out museum in downtown Salinas that was good for an hour to browse the displays. I was impressed by the quality of the displays.

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Salinas, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Lots of history of the Salinas Valley Farming. The Monterey Peninsula fishing industry. Plenty of parking and restaurants close by.

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