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National Steinbeck Center at California
National Steinbeck Center
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1 Main St, Salinas, California, 93901 831-796-3833
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Discover Exhibits & Films at the National Steinbeck Museum

One of the most popular attractions near Monterey Bay Inn is the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, CA, which is the birthplace of the Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. The museum focuses on his life and works through a vast amount of galleries featuring interactive exhibits, artifacts, and his writings. You'll also be able to see his stories come to life in several film versions of his books, including "Cannery Row," "The Grapes of Wrath," "East of Eden," and "Of Mice and Men." Delve even deeper into Steinbeck's life by taking a guided tour. 



  • Steinbeck Festival
  • Panel Discussions
  • Lectures


  • Exhibition Hall
  • Cannery Row Gallery
  • Steinbeck's America Gallery
  • Land and Sea Gallery
  • Tours
  • Films


  • What can I expect to see?

    The heart and soul of the National Steinbeck Center is the John Steinbeck Exhibition Hall. It’s here that you’ll find a handful of galleries that will shed light on his writing as well as his life. For example, the “Grapes of Wrath Gallery” features details about the Depression along with interviews with Steinbeck’s wife Elaine while the “Adventures on Land and Sea Gallery” focuses on the author’s overseas travels.
  • How much time should i allow to visit?

    It’s recommended that you set aside a minimum of two hours for your self-guided visit to the National Steinbeck Center. When you arrive, you’ll be met by a member of the museum staff who will provide you with a quick overview of what you’ll be experiencing. Plus, they’ll be available to answer any questions along the way. In addition, there are guided tours for an additional charge.

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