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National Steinbeck Center

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1 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-3436
+1 831-775-4721
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A Must Experience for True Steinbeck Fans

Modest but well done and true to the spirit of the man. Heavy emphasis on the theatrical... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
IN_Travelers47906
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West Lafayette, Indiana
Great place for Steinbeck fans

The museum depicts Steinbeck's books with quotes, illustrations, interesting facts about the books... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Linda L
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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.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good29%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-3436
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Modest but well done and true to the spirit of the man. Heavy emphasis on the theatrical adaptations. Entry fee required ($13 for adults, $10 for seniors). Start with a short video biography, then walk through the chronologically organized gallery does a great job of...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum depicts Steinbeck's books with quotes, illustrations, interesting facts about the books' histories and impacts. It was well worth the visit. I only had one "free" day to tour the area and it was a Monday. Although the Steinbeck Center was open, and I...More

Thank Linda L
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Reviewed April 16, 2018 via mobile

I first visited the museum when it opened in 1998. I really enjoyed this visit with the Silicon Valley Capital Club travel group. We had a docent give us an orientation before we went in the museum. They also had a very informative movie about...More

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Reviewed April 11, 2018

What a wonderful museum for a great American author. Very educational, learned a lot that I hadn't known about Steinbeck, and did make me want to read more of his work. Loved the connections with Cannery Row and Ed Ricketts' lab in Monterey. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed March 15, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed the National (John) Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California. It honors and commemorates the extensive writings of John Steinbeck – Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, Cannery Row, and dozens more. It was inspirational. The themes of his novels – the struggles of...More

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Reviewed March 12, 2018

This is a great museum in the heart of old town Salinas. I didn't realize how many books he wrote nor what a well versed individual he was. The guides recommend you view a short film before entering the main part of the museum to...More

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Reviewed February 3, 2018

If you have read any Steinbeck (and even if you haven't), the museum is really intriguing. A very of the Old West, the struggle with migrant labor, the emergence of California as a national source of food, and a sense of nascent American literature befor...More

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Reviewed January 31, 2018 via mobile

We visited here along with Steinbeck House. This is a must see if you are visiting Monterey. Just a short drive through the beautiful Salinas Valley!

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Reviewed January 18, 2018

This a fantastic interactive showcase of John Steinbeck’s life, times and works.i loved the fact that it was an engaging exhibit, actively inviting you to explore more deeply into what is on offer. I also liked the way the exhibit leads you logically through the...More

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Reviewed January 10, 2018

This is a great place to learn about John Steinbeck and the history of Salinas. We went today and yesterday because this week it's free admission! There are two short films in a small auditorium with a screen and seating - one about Steinbeck and...More

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jes95135
March 10, 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!
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