Hours & Tickets

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

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

Ticketing and Hours:

The Center can resume indoor operations at 50 % capacity. Our hours have been modified: The Center will be open Thursday – Saturday, 11 AM – 3 PM. To help ensure your health and comfort, tickets must be pre-purchased online. Please bring your printed or digital receipt with you. All tickets are good for ANY day and ANY time that the Center is open and do not expire.  Tickets are available HERE: https://bit.ly/3uGQswH

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.

Health and Safety:

In compliance with the state’s public health orders requiring the use of face coverings in public buildings, masks are required for all guests over the age of three, including those who are fully or partially vaccinated. Staff will wear face coverings as well. Plexiglass partitions have been installed at the visitor services desk. Additionally, cleaning protocols have been enhanced throughout the building and hand sanitizer will be 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.

You must stay at least six feet away from other guests and Center staff at all times. We’re limiting total capacity to help guests keep their distance.

Admission Prices

Please purchase Tickets before your visit using this link: https://bit.ly/3uGQswH

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.


All tickets are good for ANY day and ANY time that the Center is open and do not expire.

Please purchase Tickets before your visit using this link: https://bit.ly/3uGQswH


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 Group

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.