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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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  • I thought I could push through there in under two hours so I wouldn't have to move my car. Well that didn't work. I spent nearly four hours there and enjoyed every minute of it. Traveling through Sali...  read more »
  • Thought we would spend an hour or so and was very pleasantly surprised that there was so much to see and take in. We started our tour with the 10 and 13 minute films in the small theater that gave a g...  read more »
  • Huge Steinbeck fan, in fact our trip to the area was to see the places he wrote about. The museum does a good job of covering some of the issues that drove his writing and him. The exhibits are well d...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 the best museum for famous writer John Steinbeck and his books. This museum provides excellent information and display for his life and writing experiences. It was fantastic - it is definitely well worth!
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