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National Steinbeck Center

1 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901

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The National Steinbeck Center is located in John Steinbeck’s hometown of Salinas, California, a scenic 17-mile drive from Monterey into the heart of Steinbeck Country. The Center offers three distinct visitor experiences: literature and history, agriculture and art, as well special events and educational programs. Discover Steinbeck’s world through interactive, multi-sensory exhibits for all ages, rare artifacts, and seven themed theaters showcasing East of Eden, Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath and much more. Rooted in the earth and the people of the Salinas Valley, Steinbeck achieved worldwide recognition for his keen observations and powerful descriptions of the human condition. He championed the forgotten and disenfranchised, while affirming the strength of the human spirit. His life was as rich and provocative as the Salinas Valley he immortalized in his writing. Steinbeck drew his inspiration from this land and became known throughout the world, receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. The Center is a wonderful attraction for school groups and adult tours and a unique venue for special events. Funds raised through admissions, memberships, programs, museum store sales, events and donations help support the Center, which is a 501(3) non-profit organization.

Activities
General
General
  • Group Rates Available:
  • Private/Group Events:
  • Rates & Ticket Prices: $14.95 - Adult, $5.95 - Child, Reduced rates available for seniors, teachers and military
Facilities
  • Hours of Operation: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Facility Info
Meeting Rooms
Meeting Space
  • Largest Room 660
  • Theatre Capacity 1584
  • Inside Banquet Capacity 660
  • Inside Reception Capacity 1000
  • Largest Reception Room Capacity 1000
  • Square Footage of Largest Room 11630
  • Number of Rooms 10
Alisal or Santa Rita Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 1500
  • Width: 44
  • Length: 34
  • Height: 21'-33;
  • Theater Capacity: 125
  • Banquet Capacity: 80
  • Reception Capacity: 80
Hall
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 11630
  • Theater Capacity: 1014
  • Banquet Capacity: 660
  • Reception Capacity: 1000
Performing Arts Center
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 11630
  • Theater Capacity: 1584
Rotunda
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 3300
  • Width: 46
  • Length: 73
  • Height: 10'-33'
  • Theater Capacity: 275
  • Banquet Capacity: 150
  • Reception Capacity: 300
Salinas Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 3000
  • Width: 44
  • Length: 34
  • Height: 21'-33'
  • Theater Capacity: 300
  • Banquet Capacity: 225
  • Reception Capacity: 225