Hours & Tickets

The National Steinbeck Center reopened to the public on May 6th.

To ensure a safe visit, new protocols have been established.

Ticketing and Hours:

The Center has resumed indoor operations at 100% capacity.

Our Hours:

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday: CLOSED

Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Services Desk inside the Center. At this time we are only accepting Debit and Credit Cards for ticket and bookstore purchases.

We are CLOSED: Monday-Tuesday, New Years Eve, New Years Day, Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Eve, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Have more questions about your upcoming visit? Email info@steinbeck.org.

Please note the following changes to on-site amenities:

The Museum will continue robust virtual offerings on its website and social media channels; and new in-person programs, events, and activities will return. We are asking guests to stay at least six feet away from other guests and Center staff at all times. 

Health and Safety:

Masks are required for all UNVACCINATED guests over the age of two. Plexiglass partitions have been installed at the visitor services desk. Additionally, cleaning protocols have been enhanced throughout the building and hand sanitizer stations have been placed at the Museum’s entry and in other locations throughout the Museum. We ask that you practice safe social distancing while at the Museum and stay home if you are not feeling well.

Please note that ONLY Certified Service Dogs are allowed in the Center.

Admission Prices

Adults $15.00
Seniors, Students, Retired Military or Veterans, Teachers, and Monterey Co. Residents $13.00
Active Duty Military and Families (Memorial Day – Labor Day: FREE) $13.00
Children Ages 6-17 $7.00
Children 5 and under FREE
Members FREE


Your Visit

Length of Visit

We recommend that you allow at least two hours for a self-guided experience. All guests visiting the Center are greeted by a docent or staff member who will give a brief orientation and is available to answer questions throughout your self-guided tour.


There are many restaurants on or near Main Street in Oldtown Salinas, within walking distance of the Center. The Steinbeck House, where Steinbeck lived from his birth in 1902 until he left for college in 1919, is always a fun lunch trip as part of your Steinbeck experience.


There is a parking garage right next to the NSC with low daily rates. Bus passengers can be dropped off directly in front of the Center and there is free motor coach parking at the Amtrak train station, one block from the NSC.

Visiting Salinas

Check out our Explore Salinas page for more information about local attractions and activities

Tour Groups

The National Steinbeck Center is a great destination for a group excursion!

The multi-sensory museum offers a distinct visitor experience: the John Steinbeck Exhibition Hall presents a journey through the Nobel Prize-winning author’s life and work. It is a fascinating trip for a book club, a group of family and friends, or an organization.

School/Youth Group Fees

The National Steinbeck Center enhances your students’ educational experience!

All Monterey County school and youth groups are admitted to the National Steinbeck Center at a reduced rate of $2.50 per student. All other schools and youth groups are admitted at a special price of $5.00 per student.

For student groups, the National Steinbeck Center requires that there be 1 teacher or chaperone per 10-12 students. All teachers and chaperones are admitted free.

To make a reservation please call 831.775.4721 to speak with an associate.