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National Steinbeck Center

One Main Street, Salinas, CA 93901
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Ranked #2 of 17 Attractions in Salinas
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Art Museums, History Museums
Activities: Hiking
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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Abington, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

I was fortunate to receive a teacher discount at the door. I learned more about Steinbeck than I thought and I especially liked the photos and quotes. I spent a small fortune in the gift store...but it is Steinbeck afterall!

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Mission Viejo, California, United States
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The center is located in Old Town, so it was easy to park at the parking structure ($4.00 for the day) and then walk around. Once inside the center, I found the exhibits to be a real tribute to the man and his works. The introductory films help provide guests with enough information on Steinbeck, his history, and the history... More

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57 reviews 57 reviews
21 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Visited on a Sat. 11am not very crowded. Sequence of rooms takes you through all his famous works. Timeline can be hard to follow at times; lots of news articles displayed as well. Good visit!

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Woodbridge, California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Our first visit and we were very impressed. Start your visit with the interesting 24 minute film about John Steinbeck, which is followed by a very informative film about the agricultural history of the Salinas Valley. Then move to the exhibit which is laid out progressively. The areas are done very well. There are several screens for film clips from... More

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Manila, Philippines
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63 reviews 63 reviews
9 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I should have posted a review immediately, but I forgot to do it. Was back in Salinas last month so remembered :-) The Steinbeck Center was a great experience. I am a big Steinbeck fan, so I could have easily spent the whole day there. But even for our children it was a fantastic experience, because they now understand about... More

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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

I came here to the Central Coast because of my early obsession with Steinbeck , especially The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden. The museum is very manageable and set up in a good progression. Most definitely worth the trip for Steinbeck aficionados and newbies.

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Weimar, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
31 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We made a quick stop at the museum on our way out of Monterey. Two reasons to go. You can purchase anything Steinbeck has ever written in the museum store. And the final museum exhibit is Rocinante, Steinbeck's camper in Travels with Charlie. You can even look inside and, no surprises. It's exactly like he described.

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San Bernardino, California
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163 reviews 163 reviews
72 attraction reviews
202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We made a point of going from the Monterey area to Salinas to see the Steinbeck Museum. The museum has many interactive features and there are many videos of movies or plays that have adapted his works. The museum give you a complete overview of his works and of the area that influenced his writing career. It is well worth... More

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Sacramento, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The National Steinbeck Center leaves no stone or technology unturned when it comes to delivering on Steinbeck's life and writings. From old pictures to videos/films to print media to physical artifacts, the whole experience is a feast for the senses & intellect. One leaves inspired to read the works or to watch the film adaptations of this great American writer.... More

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San Francisco, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
10 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I admit that I didn't read all the John Steinbeck I was supposed to read in school. And what I read, I don't really remember. So I was thinking of this visit as the obligatory cultural stop on my foodie weekend on the Central Coast of California. But I was wrong. I loved the museum and how they used art... More

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