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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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Activities: Hiking
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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Have to agree with posted comments that the Center focuses a bit much on movies made from the novels and not enough on his personal beliefs, personal life, etc - it really does... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Have to agree with posted comments that the Center focuses a bit much on movies made from the novels and not enough on his personal beliefs, personal life, etc - it really does not paint a complete picture of what kind of man he was. Yet, this is still a good, worthwhile visit and pays tribute to his literary achievements... More 

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Long Island, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

If you are a Steinbeck fan this is well worth the detour off California Route 1 or Route 101. The exhibits are EXTREMELY well done and truly honor this author and the time within which he lived.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I made a deliberate detour on my way to San Francisco just to see this museum, so perhaps my level of expectation was too much. A good sized building with helpful and courteous staff, rather let down by the exhibits. Throughout it felt like a museum designed for parties of children rather than something created as a celebration of one... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Location: In the older, downtown area of Salinas; Parking: We found easy parking near the museum; Fee: Reasonable and fair. Exhibit presentation: Liked the sequence and the subjects. Found the approach engaging and educational; Staff: Somewhate indifferent, but ok.

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Vonore, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We enjoyed our visit here. There is a nice introductory film on John Steinbeck. There is also one on the area's agriculture but not so good. The museum has many placards on his writings with quotations and clips from movies made from his books. There is a timeline on his life, but quite frankly not a lot of emphasis on... More 

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Pleasanton, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

A wonderful museum and a must for Steinbeck lovers. If you are not already a fan, I bet you will be interested in his work after you tour the museum. I know I want to reread some of my favorite books and finally read the ones I haven't had the time to enjoy. I also loved the photography exhibit with... More 

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South Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This is a nice, large, clean museum. There are 2 films to view. One about John Steinbeck, the 2nd is about the Salinas valley and what it produces. There is a display for each of his most popular books and a TV showing a small portion from the movie made from the book. The camper that he traveled the U.S.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We've all read at least one of John Steinbeck's stories, but you get an amazing amount of interesting information about his life and times, and all his works, by visiting this center. It is a modern facility, with a couple of wonderful introductory short films about Steinbeck and the surrounding Salinas Valley. The fascinating and well-curated exhibits are well organized... More 

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Davis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

John Steinbeck is one of my favorite authors and I have wanted to visit the National Steinbeck Center for several years. It did not disappoint. Visitors walk through a literary and historical timeline of Steinbeck's life, where exhibits connect his books with events. It was fascinating. I walked away appreciating his work and life even more than I did when... More 

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Holden, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This was an excellent presentation of Steinbeck's amazing life and works. We had only 4 hours to make the tour. I wish I could have several additional days to spend on the fascinating exhibits. But our visit to California was a limited one. Fortunately, we spent time in Paso Robles to see the dry Salinas river. We also saw the... More 

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