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Henry Miller Memorial Library

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Address: Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920
Phone Number: 831-667-2574
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Visiting the Henry Miller Library was on my bucket list. I have read nearly all his works, but found a few I had not -- made some book purchases and let myself be taken back to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2016
Pacifica, California

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Had to stop in to pay homage to Henry. Nice grounds, good selection of books, a restful top on the way down the coast highway.

Thank jmckphil
Healdsburg, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stopped out of curiosity to see what was going on here. They have music sometimes and that must be the draw at night when you cannot see the grounds. During the daylight hours it is ramshackle, run down, and in need of a property manager, to clean it up for the patrons to visit.

Thank Mickey H
Big Bear Region, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Very nice bookstore with a deck (old Theo lounging in the sun). Interesting reading notes from Miller. Free coffee and tea.

Thank deislerfam
San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

We stopped here and found an extensive library-bookstore of Henry Miller, and his contemporaries. Also a snack shop and eclectic grounds with different statues and art.

Thank Claudia M
Pacifica, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

Visiting the Henry Miller Library was on my bucket list. I have read nearly all his works, but found a few I had not -- made some book purchases and let myself be taken back to the Big Sur of Henry Miller and all of his adventures and friendships.

Thank JeanetteCool
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

The first thing that grabbed my attention was the smell. Upon entering the library/bookstore, I couldn't help inhaling deeply: the soothing scent is a mixture of the ancient redwoods and the ink on the book pages. The staff was friendly too.

Thank Westye
Coronado, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

We met the museum's director on a flight to Paris where they we celebrating Miller's time in that City, It was a crazy flight -- too long a story. In any event, he insisted us to join the activities and we discovered we had an acquaintance in common. we said we would come visit him the next time we were... More 

Thank PeterandJinx
Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

We went to Henry Miler Memorial Library, We visited the bookstore. It is also a performance and art center. Henry Miller was a Big Sur Resident. His best friend named the library after him. It is now run by a non-profit organization.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

unfortunately we didn't make it there for one of their famous concerts, but we went on a semi busy day, but still found the bookstore and grounds to be contemplative and peaceful. i recommend this as a little pit stop on your way down the 1, you wont regret it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Came 30 minutes before closing time (6 pm) on a rainy evening and the place was almost empty. We had all the small, cozy library all to ourselves. It is almost impossible not to find interesting books (from the classics of the Beat Generation to more unique work). The outdoor space has something magical to it, I will never forget... More 

Thank Federico P

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