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National Steinbeck Center

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Intimate History of an Insightful Writer

The Museum is packed with the history of "The Man Behind the Book". The displays give the history... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Easthampton MA
A must for anyone with any interest in Steinbeck’s life and work.

Well laid out exhibition themed on Steinbeck’s works with many items of interesting memorabilia... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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”.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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!

Thank Jacob F
Reviewed 12 September 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

Thank Kenneth L
Reviewed 4 September 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

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Reviewed 28 August 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

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Reviewed 22 August 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.

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Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

Very well worth a visit even if you're not a huge fan of Steinbeck. Watch the educational film before you visit the exhibition. The very friendly and helpful docent will answer any of your questions. Gift shop and penny pincher.

Thank Christina H
Reviewed 18 August 2018

Easy to find with easy parking. You should spend a good two hours here. The two videos set the scene and then take your time to enjoy the exhibits. They are well displayed and should cater for all ages. So a good family venue.

Thank Ian S
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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!