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National Steinbeck Center

1 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-3436
+1 831-775-4721
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Great insight on the man and area

If you have even a modest interest in American writers, a must see. You follow the exhibits from... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Jacksonville, Florida
via mobile
Plenty of good displays about a great American writer

If I'd thought about what this museum would be before visiting, it would've been pretty much what... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Austin, Texas
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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.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good28%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
1 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901-3436
+1 831-775-4721
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If you have even a modest interest in American writers, a must see. You follow the exhibits from his early novels to later life, very entertaining. Lots of insight on Salinas valley, the ag-business in the valley and Monterey. While there, have a walk down...More

Thank RichardHFLA
Reviewed 1 week ago

If I'd thought about what this museum would be before visiting, it would've been pretty much what it is. That's not a knock--there is a lot to like, whether you're a Steinbeck fan or just want to know more about him. The short movie on...More

1  Thank KramerOn
Reviewed 1 week ago

I always loved John Steinbeck books and this center brought those books to life. Each area that you walk through depicts another book that makes you feel that you are there, in the moment. Lots of fun and definitely worth a visit for fans

1  Thank Kintasays
Reviewed 1 week ago

Being born and raised in California, I grew up reading most of Steinbeck's books. Now that hubby and I are seniors and traveling the USA, I wanted a more comprehensive peek into what made him tick. The museum was a wonderful experience and I came...More

1  Thank Rebekajean
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am fairly new to Steinbeck and found this exhibition fascinating and very easy to follow. Everything was clearly explained, fun to see and very informative.

1  Thank CaravannersDandK
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

We had planned a birthday trip to "Steinbeck country" as he is one of our group's favorite author. By nothing more than dumb luck, we happened to hit the center on the weekend of the annual Steinbeck festival and were able to enjoy an excellent...More

2  Thank Roadtripsters2015
Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

For someone who is an avid fan and has read most of his books this centre was a wonderful experience. All the books came alive and I could see the care and effort that has gone into creating such a wonderful place.Really enjoyed the visit.

1  Thank M-Dasgupta
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Start on the right with two films: one about Steinbeck and one about Salinas valley farming. Makes for a better understanding of this great author On the left and walk through the history behind his novels. Audio and visual artifacts, old photos and mural representations,...More

Thank SanMo
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

Absolutely fascinating museum. If you love Steinbeck then you'll love the place but to be fair, even if yous5never read any of his books it would still be intriguing. It's a brilliant insight into life in the depression, what caused it, how and why people...More

1  Thank Bozeman-Dublin
Reviewed 22 April 2017

This museum does a wonderful job of detailing the life and times of a legendary American author. The plentiful exhibits and artifacts about local and national history drew me in. I had wondered how a museum about an author came with a recommended minimum visit...More

1  Thank Explorer100
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Are there Docent tours on specific days/times and if so can you signup in advance?
10 March 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!