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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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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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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... read more

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

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Had a great afternoon being reminded on the background and the key parts of some of my favourite books. Very professional exhibit with a lot of information on several interesting aspects of life. Driving around California I had been reminded of parts of "The the grapes of wrath" as I came across different vistas so to include this museum in... More 

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San Carlos, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The Steinbeck Center, located in Salinas, California, is a great museum that has a lot of information on John Steinbeck's life and career. If you're visiting the museum, park in the nearby lot--the prices are $.50/hour and $4/day. Then, head over to the museum and start off your visit with two quick films about John Steinbeck and the Salinas Valley.... More 

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Middle Village, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We were in Salinas and the AAA book said that the Steinbeck Center as a GEM...a must see. Ok. I read one Steinbeck book (Travels with Charlie and really enjoyed it) and my significant other taught English so read a few more. I was not sure what to expect in a museum about a single author. The gallery was terrific.... More 

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des moines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Visited with several Steinbeck fans and was delighted. Extremely well done museum gives a good overview of his life, his work and the influencing factors. Good hands on exhibits for smaller kids. Student and senior discounts with ID. Small gift shop has a ruler listing all his books by publication date. Birthplace home and East of Eden landmarks close by.

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Salinas, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Great representation of the famous Salinas Valley Author, John Steinbeck. Special exhibits keeps me interested.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I'm not the biggest Steinbeck fan. I don't even think I've ever read one of his books. But, this place is amazing! And I realized how important he is to the literary history of our country. It was an incredible experience wandering through all of the collections about his life. Mind opening. And then we had to go to the... More 

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Redwood City, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

John Steinbeck is one of my favorite authors, and after taking a course at Stanford, in which we read many of his books and studied his life, I knew I had to visit the Steinbeck Center. We were fortunate to visit on a weekday and it was quiet and uncrowded and you could take your time reading and enjoying each... More 

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Marina, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

A wonderful museum composed of the many chapters of John Steinbeck's life and writing. Since many of his books were influenced by Monterey and Salinas, the displays are also very interesting regarding the canneries and agricultural history of the valley. There is plenty to read and look at, including many of the colorful characters (many based on real people) of... More 

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