National Steinbeck Center

1 Main Street , Salinas , CA 93901 - United States

Museum Day Hours: 10:00 a.m. ‐ 5:00 p.m. (PST)





The National Steinbeck Center is a museum and 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Salinas, CA that honors Nobel prize winning author John Steinbeck. The National Steinbeck Center houses a variety of artifacts, first edition Steinbeck books, newspapers, and interviews pertaining to John Steinbeck. Our main exhibit hall is centered thematically around Steinbeck’s major works.


The John Steinbeck Exhibition Hall
Permanent Exhibit
The National Steinbeck Exhibition Hall is designed as a journey through John Steinbeck’s “Valley of the World”. The exhibit is organized geographically, allowing visitors to visit locations in which Steinbeck lived, traveled to, and wrote about. The different locations also include pertinent information, details, and displays on his novels, short stories, and journalistic writing. Using his words as the narrative, the exhibit navigates visitors through theatrical sets and displays, allowing them to step into the scene or time-period.


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