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National Steinbeck Center, Salinas

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The National Steinbeck Center is a museum and memorial dedicated to the author John Steinbeck that is located at One Main Street in Salinas, California, the town where Steinbeck grew up.The Steinbeck Center Foundation was founded in 1983; the center itself was finished and opened to the public on June 27, 1998. The center houses the largest collection of Steinbeck archives in the United States, with various exhibits on his body of work and philosophy. There is also a wing dedicated to the experiences of agricultural workers in the United States, a topic that Steinbeck was passionate about.The Steinbeck Center has a focal point for activities to encourage learning about literature, human nature, history, agriculture, and the arts. Many educational programs are provided for the public, students and teachers, a multimedia experience for regional and national audiences.Steinbeck's House is located near the museum.
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  • This museum is very well curated and features engaging and educational exhibits about John Steinbeck life and work. The various rooms bring to life the characters and places from Steinbeck's famous bo...  more »
  • Stopped here on our way up the coast towards San Jose. Both of us had read Steinbeck in school and were mildly interested in this stop to break up the trip. The museum has a good introductory film tha...  more »
  • The National Steinbeck Center was a great followup to our guided walking tour of Cannery Row the day before. The museum presents a biography of John Steinbeck using a range of exhibits from videos, vi...  more »
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  • Great little museum. Key captions from his many books are blown up throughout the museum alongside monitors showing clips of movie adaptations of his books. The museum has "neighborhoods" recreated from his books. Plenty of benches throughout to sit and immerse yourself in his world. Someone spent considerable time creating mood with lighting, sound and even a light wind. My son, who is reading Of Mice and Men in middle school, loved it.
  • Largest museum dedicated to a single author in the world. Great exhibits and just a couple of blocks down for Steinbeck's childhood home.
  • This is a wonderful museum. Well worth a visit. I particularly liked that they have the camper in which he travelled with his dog.
  • I am a huge Steinbeck fan and I learned a lot in the forty minutes I was at the museum. The museum advertises itself as interactive, but the activities aren't engaging except for the kids, but even still not too much for them. The gift shop is way over-priced, which was a bummer.
  • Very interesting tour. The museum is well designed and very entertaining. There is a lot of activities.