National Steinbeck Center


The fact that John Steinbeck traveled across country in a camper truck with his dog, as documented in his 1962 book, Travels with Charley: In Search of America, is just one of the reasons we love him. He was truly a great writer, one who truly captured the unique American experiences of his day in fictional works like the Grapes of Wrath and in newspaper articles during his time as a WW II correspondent. Born in Salinas, educated at Stanford, and a one-time resident of Pacific Grove, near Monterey, many of his novels are also associated with his native California.

You can learn all about his life and work---and even see his camper---at the National Steinbeck Center. The six galleries in its permanent collection include personal items, memorabilia, letters and journals, and film clips. There are also changing exhibits and special programs and seasonal events. While you're in town, be sure to make reservations for lunch at the Steinbeck House, a restaurant in the beautifully restored Victorian that was the writer's birthplace and childhood home.


1 Main St.
Salinas, California 93901


36.67713500, -121.65555600

Open Hours

Daily 10--5
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(831) 775-4721

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