Monday, January 19, 2015

National Steinbeck Center

Me at the Entrance of the National Steinbeck Center
I've wanted to visit the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California ever since I read John Steinbeck's novel East of Eden in 2008. After reading East of Eden, it became one of my favorite novels of all time.

This year, I decided to make visiting the National Steinbeck Center one of my book related New Year's Resolutions now that my hubby and I live in Northern California.

So, Sunday, January 18, 2015 was the day we made visiting the National Steinbeck Center a reality. It was fun to finally visit the National Steinbeck Center at last as I've been wanting to visit there for so long and am such a fan of John Steinbeck's writing!

I liked that even though we visited the National Steinbeck Center on a holiday weekend, it wasn't very crowded!! I enjoyed the layout of the National Steinbeck Center a lot. The items on display in the exhibit hall were really well thought out and put together... Everything had a nice flow to it and I felt wrapped up in each display. I liked that we not only learned more about John Steinbeck's life, but more about his novels... Video clips are shown throughout the Steinbeck exhibit and different props are on display that are relevant to each topic. 

John Steinbeck was born at this Victorian home that has been turned into a restaurant.
After visiting the National Steinbeck Center, we decided to visit the Victorian home where John Steinbeck was born and resided as a young boy. 

John Steinbeck's birthplace is a beautiful home that has been turned into a restaurant called the Steinbeck House Restaurant... It is also located in Salinas, California and is four blocks away from the National Steinbeck Center. 

Unfortunately, we didn't have a chance to eat at the restaurant as it was already closed for the afternoon. It would have been fun to eat there.

Until my next post, happy reading!

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