Located in the Monterey County town of Salinas, the lettuce capital of the world, this museum is a tribute to Nobel Prize-win... More
National Steinbeck Center
Located in the Monterey County town of Salinas, the lettuce capital of the world, this museum is a tribute to Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. A Bay Area native, Steinbeck attended Stanford University in Palo Alto after he graduated from Salinas High School in 1919. His most famous works include Tortilla Flat (1935) and the Pulitzer Prize winner The Grapes of Wrath (1939). His birthplace and childhood home, The Steinbeck House, is two blocks away from the museum. In the cultural center you can see Steinbeck's works, letters and photographs, hear lectures and take tours. It also hosts an annual Steinbeck Festival in honor of the author.
Only visited once even though I just live down the street. Amazing interactive exibits but I wasn't up to date on all my Steinbeck readings. I would suggest touring the museum only after a few books, the main favorites for sure, but some of the short stories, "The Red Pony", "The Christamums" (sorry misspelled) is my favorite story most people can relate to.
A brand new parking garage has just been built next door and should make visiting more comfortable. I have also been to a wedding here and that was wonderfully done as well.