John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California and lived in central California for a large part of the next 39 years. His experiences and friendships with the migrant workers in the sugar beet fields and the cannery workers in Monterey served as inspiration for his novels including Cannery Row and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Grapes of Wrath. One of last books, Travels with Charley: In Search of America, is a travelogue of his 1960 trip across the US and a favorite with many us who are on the road.
The museum follows Steinbeck’s personal and literary life with clips of movies made from his books and personal artifacts including his truck camper Rocinante.
The museum is accessible.