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Mission: To operate exclusively for charitable and educational purposes the national steinbeck center and to build community, celebrating creativity inspired by the words of john steinbeck.

Programs: Museum - the permanent 8,000 sq. Ft. Steinbeck exhibition hall and the 6,500 sq. Ft. Rabobank agriculture museum, as well as the smaller changing art gallery spaces are open to the public from 10am-5pm 7 days a week. In addition, the museum is open for special programs and events outside of the normal operating hours. The center holds annual programs such as the steinbeck young authors program, which reaches over 5,000 children annually, the steinbeck festival, a four day event of talks, films and visual and performing arts, the steinbeck birthday celebration, which features family friendly programming inspired by steinbeck's works and kids club, a weekly program for children 12 and under, which introduces young people to literature and the visual and performing arts.

store - the museum store, which is open the same hours as the museum, features the works of john steinbeck and also sells best sellers, books about monterey county area, books written by presenting authors and artists, curriculum and books about writing. The museum store also sells original art, posters, cds, dvds, jewelry, and miscellaneous merchandise related to the exhibits.

the steinbeck institute of art and culture (siac) is a concert venue that seats 1,537 with seven conference rooms that can accommodate groups of all sizes. Siac is used in collaboration with other local exempt organizations, such as the youth orchestra of salinas, to foster art and culture within the community. Programs included performances open to the general public for an admission fee and free educational performances for students.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Steinbeck Center has
a robust history of programming
that embraces its mission—“to tell the story of
John Steinbeck’s rich legacy and to present, create,
and explore stories of the human
condition.” This is more important than ever as U.S. public schools are become further distanced from
a literary curriculum.

It's exciting to know that under the direction of the National Steinbeck Center, The Steinbeck Institute for
Arts and Culture (formerly known
as Sherwood Hall) is now hosting arts events. The Institute aims to unite Monterey county residents and
its guests by providing a space
and opportunity to experience arts,
culture, and entertainment.

The Steinbeck Festival is always a wonderful experience, and I hope the May 2012 Festival with the theme of "A Voice" will be a great success!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a local English teacher, I've had the privilege of working with the National Steinbeck Center for over 10 years in their literacy outreach program to our city's middle school students. Their "Steinbeck Young Authors" program has inspired thousands of students to not only appreciate the power of Steinbeck's writing, but to feel empowered to see themselves as writers. Thanks to its grand vision, the Steinbeck Center plays a vital role in enhancing the cultural and literary strengths of Salinas, which struggles greatly against gang violence and low literacy rates. We're fortunate to have this jewel in our city.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The National Steinbeck Center is a wonderful organization that brings many diverse groups together from a local, regional and at times national level to study the works of John Steinbeck and to learn how these groups can work together to make a richer world to live in. The diverse number of social groups that are featured for study and gatherings at this faciltiy make it a one of a kind for our Region.

There are a number of events annually that highlight the many ethnic groups within our region. These are deisgned for most age groups. Specifically there is a day of writing specifically for children up to high school that can increase their written skill set with adult input. The Steinbeck Festival is probably the highlight of the year to celebrate John Steinbecks life and stories.

The Center also includes a section devoted to local agriculture and how that history impacted Stinebecks writtings.

The facility is also a community focal point for various gatherings.