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National Steinbeck Center

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We gained a new appreciation of Steinbeck. This center is outstanding & exhibits thoughtfully... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sacramento, California
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Steinbeck Center and Restaurant.

Much better than I imagined. Lots of movie clips quotes from books put together in a very... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
San Francisco, California
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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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1 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-3436
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We gained a new appreciation of Steinbeck. This center is outstanding & exhibits thoughtfully done. Highly recommend visiting.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Much better than I imagined. Lots of movie clips quotes from books put together in a very entertaining way. I cam out knowing a lot of history about the area too. The restaurant is not to be missed. Very quaint and the waitresses give an...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank krystynalett
Reviewed October 14, 2018

The Museum is packed with the history of "The Man Behind the Book". The displays give the history of the process of how Steinbeck created memorable commentary. The displays of actual hand written manuscripts, actual personal items and connections to the books he wrote. You...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

Well laid out exhibition themed on Steinbeck’s works with many items of interesting memorabilia including the original ‘Rocinante’ from “Travels with Charley”.

Date of experience: September 2018
Reviewed September 25, 2018

I have loved the works of John Steinbeck for years, so it was a dream come true to visit Salinas and the Steinbeck Center. However, if you're not really a fan, I'm not sure how interesting it would be. Also, I don't think persons under...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Go2theZoo
Reviewed September 21, 2018

As a Steinbeck fan and was on holiday, couldn't resist the visit and glad I did. The film was excellant and the museum itself is absolutely first-rate! A must for Steinbeck fans!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank priest22
Reviewed September 11, 2018

We had driven by several times, never having time to stop. Finally we allowed time and were glad that we did. I don’t have a lot of time to read for enjoyment, so was only familiar with some of the titles and watched one or...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Kenneth L
Reviewed September 3, 2018

Came to visit the Steinbeck Center my husband enjoyed his work and writing/books, interesting especially if like Steinbeck's work , watch the introductory film 1st before touring the museum ,parking garage next to museum

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

If you are a fan of Steinbeck, or not, this is an amazing museum. We have been many times, and each time we go.....we disvover something new. Whether you agree with his politics or not, he is a man to be admired. He fought for...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank hoffmantwo
Reviewed August 21, 2018

A surprise was finding out Marilyn Monroe was a queen of asparagus or artichokes here. The actual vehicle for travels with Charlie and much more is there. Worth the visit.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Response from luvtravlin53 | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe so. You could call and find out. It is self guided and there are many movie clips so I don't think it would be possible. It's not large enough for a docent tour. Read all of your Steinbeck books before you go!