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The National Steinbeck Center

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  • Location: Salinas, CA
  • Hours: Open daily from 10am to 5pm

The National Steinbeck Center is a $17.6 million, 43,500 square foot museum and archive in Salinas, California, Nobel-prize winning author John Steinbeck’s birthplace. The Center offers the visitor three distinct experiences through interactive exhibits and film. Experience Literature in the John Steinbeck Exhibition Hall, Agriculture & History in the Rabobank Agriculture Museum and Art & Culture in the Gabilan & Pearl Galleries.

The John Steinbeck Exhibition Hall presents the life of John Steinbeck, his writings and characters in an informative and entertaining manner through engaging exhibitry, one of a kind artifacts, educational programs, and film clips. There are interactive multi-sensory exhibits for all ages with seven themed theaters showcasing Cannery Row, The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, Of Mice and Men, The Red Pony and much more.

The Rabobank Agriculture Museum shares the stories of the Salinas Valley “from field to fork” with hands on displays, computer stations and interactive games. Visitors can vote for their favorite vegetable, play “the Produce Game” or design their own crate label.

The Gabilan & Pearl Galleries are changing exhibit galleries, which accommodates a variety of art and cultural exhibits each year. The Center features a museum store where John Steinbeck’s books and films can be purchased in addition to a unique inventory of gift items and collectibles. Chicken Scratch Flats at the National Steinbeck Center offers a delicious menu, which features Salinas Valley Produce and Monterey County Wines.

*Closed New Years Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving & Christmas.


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