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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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  • We stopped here on our way home from Monterey and found the museum to be fun and educational but also feeling unmaintained. We started the visit by watching their two 12 1/2-minute films on Steinbeck'...  more »
  • A museum telling stories of Steinbeck's novels, and an introduction to the town of Salinas. Definitely overpriced, though pretty educational of that period of time when Steinbeck lived. 
  • My husband and I were driving from San Jose to Los Angeles, but as we were passing by Salinas, we saw a sign for a Steinbeck museum. We'd both read Steinbeck in school, and I love writer museums quite...  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.