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National Steinbeck Center
Category: Family / Kids
1 Main St, Salinas, California, 93901 831-796-3833
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Explore The National Steinbeck Center In Salinas, CA

If you're a fan of author John Steinbeck, you'll definitely want to pay a visit his namesake museum, which is located just 15 miles from BEST WESTERN PLUS Victorian Inn in his hometown of Salinas, CA. The National Steinbeck Center is filled to the brim with artifacts from the Nobel Prize-winning writer's colorful life along with a handful of hands-on exhibits and pages upon pages of his classic work. There is also a theater where you can catch several movies based on his novels, from "The Grapes of Wrath" to "Cannery Row."



  • Steinbeck Festival
  • Lectures
  • Panel Discussions


  • Self-Guided Tours
  • Guided Tours
  • Films
  • Cannery Row Gallery
  • Grapes of Wrath Gallery
  • East of Eden Gallery


  • What types of exhibits will i see?

    There are half a dozen exhibits at the National Steinbeck Center, all centered in the John Steinbeck Exhibition Hall. Get a glimpse into how the author spent his childhood in Salinas, CA by stopping into the “Growing Up East of Eden Gallery.” And discover how Steinbeck’s first foray into novels and short stories were clearly informed by the agricultural landscape surrounding his hometown in the “An’ Live Off the Fatta the Lan’ Gallery.”
  • Are there tours available?

    The National Steinbeck Center features guided tours and self-guided tours. There is a fee for guided tours while self-guided tours are included in the price of admission. For the latter, you’ll be greeted by a staff member as you enter the museum who will give you a brief rundown of what you’ll encounter. And if you have any questions, they’ll be around to answer them. Allow about two hours for your visit.

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