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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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A celebration and exploration of the well-known author's work through...

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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Steinbeck Pilgrims Will Love This Museum

Became a member because I enjoyed the experience so much. I highly recommend visiting the National Steinbeck Center when in Salinas - especially if you are a fan of his novels... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Salinas, California
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Salinas, California
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41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Became a member because I enjoyed the experience so much. I highly recommend visiting the National Steinbeck Center when in Salinas - especially if you are a fan of his novels. They have done an excellent job interpreting his live and work and the interactive exhibits are great for children, too. Expect to spend at least 2 hours here.

Thank Salinas411
Cranbrook, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having read a couple of his books we decided to visit the Center when in the area and how glad we were we did. The staff were all really helpful and the presentation of the life and times of this man was first class. Even if you knew nothing about his work it would draw you in

Thank John D
SF Bay Area
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are a fan of John Steinbeck, this is a must see. If you have never read his books, the center illustrates his career and life within the context of the times. Steinbeck was controversial because he was able to step out of the "filter" of the time and write with his conscience.

Thank OldRt66
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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28 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well done and well kept museum. Loved the "mixed media," from exhibits with photos and text, real life objects, interactive bits, and videos. I spent about two hours and looked at and read mostly everything. Friendly staff guy at the beginning explaining the layout of the center as well. Free parking on the street. Looking forward to re-reading Steinbeck so... More 

Thank starryeyes_10
Gilroy, California
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134 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I put off visiting this for years. It was worth the wait, loved displays that helped explain how his characters were part of his rich life. Videos also helped add background that makes me want to read more of the novels he wrote. This is one more place that makes me trust TripAdvisor's reviews. It did not let me down... More 

Thank MarriedWidow
Kusadasi, Turkey
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39 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

He was a brilliant writer. I like reading his books. I thought this would be good to visit hos museum. Very nicely put together. Real informational. I watched the films the biography of him. You should go if you read Steinbeck

Thank jazzhearted
San Jose, California
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184 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I adore the writings of John Steinbeck. The books brought me and my daughter closer together as we discuss their meaning and the characters. The museum is as if someone took the main book highlights and visualized their meaning with the prop master from Sesame Street. Maybe my expectations were greater than could be achieved. A few select pages of... More 

Thank Harper5633020
Boston, Massachusetts
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

I went to the museum with my friend who is an English teacher. This isn't something I'd normally do. I'm glad I did it! This museum is really well done. I appreciate Steinbeck and his work so much more than just the guy who wrote Of Mice and Men. We spent almost 2 hours here. I didn't look at my... More 

Thank mikes970
Garwood, New Jersey
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92 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

I am a HUGE Steinbeck fan and I was wondering how they would depict his life. The way that the Center has everything laid out is perfect. Each of his novels are in picture form. There are also details about each novel that I never knew. Get lost in the world of Steinbeck!

Thank Amanda D
Lafayette, Ca
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

this is a great way to learn about a famous arthor and contributor to life events. The film are a must. It is well done. You should plan at least two hours and you could spend more.

Thank Lesley H

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