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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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Very well done, informative just an overall nice tour, excellent gift shop. Nice to bring out of town guest so that they can not only learn about Steinbeck but also the Salinas... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Salinas, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

I'm an English teacher from the UK and so for me, going to California meant I had to see some of the places Steinbeck mentions in "Of Mice and Men". When I found out there was a Steinbeck centre in Salinas, not too far from where we were staying in Monterey, I was thrilled. We went on a weekday, so... More 

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Salinas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Very well done, informative just an overall nice tour, excellent gift shop. Nice to bring out of town guest so that they can not only learn about Steinbeck but also the Salinas Valley.

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Monterey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The center is exceptionally well done with its various exhibits and multi-media presentations. Anyone interested in the local history and one of its most gifted writers will enjoy visiting the center. Nice downtown area that is good for walking around and for food.

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San Jose, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Very nicely presented information about all the books and the life of Steinbeck. The displays are well done. Also has Senior admission rate of $8.95! I was surprised by all the books he had written. Easy and cheap parking in a garage right next to it. No problem finding the center.

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Moss Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This museum has so much information on the life of John Steinbeck and the areas that influenced his writings. I learned so much!

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Simi Valley
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Very nice and clean, I wouldn't come all the way out just for this museum, but it is worth seeing if you are in the area. There are a lot of hand on opportunities to keep little kids interested. Great display of his childhood and of his works.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We were so disappointed that we had a very short time to visit these excellent displays. Hugely interesting and informative but well done also. We also visited the outside of Steinbecks birthplace which was interesting and enjoyed Salinas Main Street shops, cinemas and cafes. Oh for more time.

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Ferndale, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Wonder displays of Steinbeck s work.Although I am not a reader, thoroughly enjoyed the museum.perhaps the audio books will work while on road trips.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Went to see the Viking collection; just so so. Some rooms are too dark to see the exhibits, but most of the material is in English as well as Danish, which is nice. Not exciting, but ok if you like history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Note: I hadn't read anything by Steinbeck before coming, but knew the general gist. The museum was not busy during a weekday in the summer at opening time, and pleasant staff greeted us and let us in. The main exhibition has some interactive elements, which are carried out well, in addition to a very fascinating and easily read history of... More 

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