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Steinbeck's Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum

700 Cannery Row Ste II, Monterey, CA 93940-1064
+1 831-375-3770
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The first time we visited the wax museum was many years ago and occasionally revisit it. It is an... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Jackson, California
The figures and the displays are a bit old, and corny and dusty

This museum is down stairs in the building near to Bubba Gumps. It is interesting, the wax figures... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Al A
Sacramento, California
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700 Cannery Row Ste II, Monterey, CA 93940-1064
+1 831-375-3770
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The first time we visited the wax museum was many years ago and occasionally revisit it. It is an unique wax museum showing different scenes from John Steinbeck time in Monterey. Both kids and adults should find this wax museum enjoyable.

Thank jacksonfoodie2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is down stairs in the building near to Bubba Gumps. It is interesting, the wax figures and the decor inside is old, and dusty. Many of the wax figures are a bit corny, and there are many different stations where you push a...More

Thank Al A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a small musuem dedicated to John Steinbeck. Unfortunately the museum does not do him justice as it is very old and poorly maintained. The displays are also poorly done.

Thank Phi S
Reviewed 15 August 2017

We took a tour of the museum. One issue is the audio in the early displays made it hard to hear the display you are at. Other displays had such poor quality you couldn't hear or understand them. A little run down.

Thank erodrig26
Reviewed 21 July 2017

I loved Steinbeck’s books and was very interested in seeing the wax museum. My wife wasn’t very thrilled but she accompanied me. Well… 20 minutes later we were done. I don’t want to knock something out especially as well renowned as Steinbeck but let’s just...More

Thank Daniel A
Reviewed 20 July 2017

I know what you're thinking: too cheesy for me. Not really, they have some really good exhibits and the price is right. The normal entrance fee is pretty reasonable and you can always find local coupons to get in for less money or even free...More

Thank fyremaven
Reviewed 5 June 2017

OK would love to be able to be positive. The tickets are cheap. But this place needs a serious makeover. Seems tired and old. Some of the wax figures a bit creepy old. Was not impressed with the whole experience. This is and was a...More

Thank Mary Ann M
Reviewed 5 April 2017

Monterey is a stunning seaside town, lots of pretty shops and streets to wander, if you are a Steinbeck fan - lots to see and admire, great views

Thank wholenewworld
Reviewed 31 January 2017

I will admit it was better than I thought it was going to be but at the end of the day I would still have rather done something else.

1  Thank CaribbeanFan79
Reviewed 4 January 2017

This is a small town museum. It covers the history of the area but don't expect Disney level audio animatronics. Our kids love the place and have for 15 years. It's a little pricey but it's worth it.

1  Thank philmccracken2015
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