National Steinbeck Center, Salinas

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  • If you have read any Steinbeck (and even if you haven't), the museum is really intriguing. A very of the Old West, the struggle with migrant labor, the emergence of California as a national source of ...  more »
  • We visited here along with Steinbeck House. This is a must see if you are visiting Monterey. Just a short drive through the beautiful Salinas Valley!  more »
  • You do learn a lot about CA history while you are here. My kids enjoyed it even if they know nothing about Steinbeck. The staff is nice and they had a scavenger hunt for my child (ended up getting a b...  more »
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  • This is a very well done Museum. It shows how universal Steinbeck's stories are. The hands on displays help to truly understand what the lives of Steinbeck's characters lived through.
  • Everything was lovely until I got my jeans torn by the spring in the back seat of the Steinbeck car. Be careful! Associate was notified that the back seat needs to be repaired.
  • For a small museum very well done. Many snips from the movies made about his books. Made me want to read more of his books.
  • Great selection of information and memorabilia. Loved how they broke down each of his more famous novels into separate spaces. Had a great timeline, as well. Hope to go back!
  • (The Steinbeck House Restaurant is separate from the National Steinbeck Center, about 2 blocks away. Opened Tues to Sat... Brunch hours only... 11:30 AM to 2:00PM. You should eat there First, then go to Center) After 4:30PM no charge for admission, but closes at 5:00PM Very nice museum dedicated to Steinbeck, with extra exhibit halls for local area events. You walk through a series of sets from Steinbeck's era, with plenty of storyboards, photos, and rolling movie footage from his works. It is a very visual display, lots of space for groups of people to move through at their own pace. Docents are available. A gift shop with coffee mugs, magnets, stickers, etc, and of course hard cover and paperback copies of Steinbeck's classics. Give yourself 2 hours to walk through the exhibits, 3 hours if you read each storyboard, photo, watch films, etc. James Dean from East Of Eden movie, actually crashed his Porsche (and died) on his way up to Salinas. This museum has a large display about the book & movie. James Dean crash site & memorial is east of Paso Robles at HWY 41 & 46, if you are headed that way. Also, in Lost Hills, CA on the 46 before reaching Interstate 5, you will see large James Dean figures at Blackwell's Corner Texaco. Blackwell's was last gas stop for Dean before his fatal crash. Inside the large store, is a cafe' dedicated to James Dean & Marilyn Monroe "Forever Young". The restaurant cafe' is done in 1950's carhop decor, serves breakfast & lunch Monday thru Friday only. 6AM to 2PM. The bathrooms are nice & big, and the store is full of memorabilia and road trip snacks. Enjoy! Was this review Helpful? Please gimme a LIKE, thank you! #LetsGuide
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