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National Steinbeck Center

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Address: 1 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-3436
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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Great With Kids on a Hot Day

We have been to the Center a number of times. It is a wonderful place to watch the history of California from the 1930's until the 1950's. There are movies and many displays... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We have been to the Center a number of times. It is a wonderful place to watch the history of California from the 1930's until the 1950's. There are movies and many displays. There are people to answer questions and a gift shop for the items you just must take with you. If you are a teacher, there are many... More 

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Conway, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I brought my students here for years as part of our literature unit on local, American literature. The students loved the displays, interactive nature of the presentations, and enjoyed being part of Steinbeck's California.

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West Hollywood, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Excellent layout explaining Steinbeck's life and the influences on his writing. Exhibits are just like he described them in his books.

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Corona del Mar, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Just like everyone else, this is beautiful museum for Steinbeck fans. There are 2, 12 minute videos in little theaters, one biography and one about philosophy, both are great. The museum is well-displayed, a biography of his life and books, and each book area has a sort video of the movie or about it. It's done really well, you can... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Steinbeck lovers unite in a beautiful part of California. His books and career are brought to life, as well as the rich history of the Salinas valley. Not really a place for kids.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good for Steinbeck enthusiasts. Interesting and educational. I wouldn't recommend it for any children unter 4th grade.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very educational...and very close to downtown movie theater and several authentic restaurants... historical experience for everyone in the family...

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Ukiah, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Often at museums after a couple of hours I'm thinking, "OK that's quite enough of this." Not here. I was engrossed throughout. The exhibits were interesting, varied and with enough information to make them educational without being overwhelming. I was taking notes the whole time. The docents at the entrance were pleasant and knowledgable. They have activities for children which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Was here for 75 minutes a couple years ago, while passing through Salinas. This time I allocated the day, and was there all day, from 10-5, as I'm quite a fan. It was great to be able to experience the exhibits more in depth! A criticism would be that the first film as you enter the museum (on a loop)... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

The Steinbeck Center in Salinas is just minutes off U.S Route 101. We visited a week ago on the way to Monterey Bay. Parking in the adjacent deck was only $1. Parking is available along the street (price unknown). Admission is very reasonable @ $12.50 per person. I recommend watching the two movies (25 minutes total) before touring the museum.... More 

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