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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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Soak Up John Steinbeck Here

You need at least 2 hours, and preferably more time than that, at the Steinbeck Center. It's beautifully put together and the exhibits reveal Steinbeck's life, personality... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

You need at least 2 hours, and preferably more time than that, at the Steinbeck Center. It's beautifully put together and the exhibits reveal Steinbeck's life, personality, influences, and, of course, his creative output. There are many photos, artifacts, and historical documentation of the man and also of the Salinas Valley, which was a major influence on him. Film segments... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

What a fantastic little museum about Steinbeck, the region and its history. It is fascinating how much important 20th Century Steinbeck experienced first hand and this museum touches it all. A must visit for Steinbeck fans and for visitors to the region.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I think that anyone who has enjoyed Steinbeck's novels would appreciate this center. There are lots of exhibits devoted to specific works that give you some insight into what inspired his writing. You will also learn about his life and the people important to him. Glad we stopped in Salinas and took the time to visit. The $14.95 admission is... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We came to Salinas specifically to take our 17 year old to this museum as he has read several books by John Steinbeck. He found it very interesting as it added much to his understanding of the books and background of hat he had read. I should add that my husband and I enjoyed it equally.

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Larkspur, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I got to take a tour of the Steinbeck museum and found it really interesting and learned a lot about the community as well. The books that they made into movies were quite a few. I knew some and a few I did not. I'm glad I went because I learned quite a bit from a lady named Helen our... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

My husband fell asleep during the introductory film; I found the film interesting but the museum exhibits boring. This museum wouldn't have been worth my time even if it were free. John Steinbeck was a great author but the museum is not able to capture the eloquence of his words or the emotions aroused by reading his works.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

It was a dream come true to drive through the Salinas Valley and end up here. Had to be in and out faster than Inwould have liked, but absolutely loved the walk-through dioramas of many of his best works.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

A visit to the Steinbeck Center was on top of my bucket list while visiting Salinas. The novels of John Steinbeck had been a great part of my youth and it has been long time dream to visit the Monterey and Salinas areas, which were the backdrop of many of his novels. The center shows an impressive collection and information... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We were very impressed with the National Steinbeck Centre, it is very well laid out with lots of fascinating displays about John, his life, his books and also Salinas and the Salinas Valley. There are lots of interactive things for the kids and a great little movie about John and the history of the area which I would recommend that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Was an interesting presentation of the life and times of John Steinbeck. The gift shop had a limited selection of items. It was mostly books (as you might expect) and not a great selection of t-shirts and the like.

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Additional Information about National Steinbeck Center

Address: One Main Street, Salinas, CA 93901
Phone Number: 831-775-4721
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Salinas
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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