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Doc Rickett's Pacific Biological Laboratories

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Address: 800 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA
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A landmark on Cannery Row, this is the spot where John Steinbeck's good...

A landmark on Cannery Row, this is the spot where John Steinbeck's good buddy and biologist Ed "Doc" Ricketts prepped the marine life he collected before shipping it to schools and medical facilities.

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Cannery Row is rapidly evolving into a tourist friendly location and Cod Rickett's Biological Laboratory is occupying some valuable real estate. Seeing what's happening in the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Cannery Row is rapidly evolving into a tourist friendly location and Cod Rickett's Biological Laboratory is occupying some valuable real estate. Seeing what's happening in the area, it would be no surpassed to see Doc's place deconstructed for the sake of high value business operations, If you have read Steinbeck, then this is an amazing icon and, being students of... More 

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Monterey, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

This was the home and work place of a very great marine biologist. He was the model for "Doc" in Steinbeck's "Cannery Row" and "Sweet Thursday", he co-wrote a book with Steinbeck and wrote "Between Pacific Tides", a seminal documentation of our West Coast's marine life. Not much of Ed's old Lab stuff but knockout fun to see...

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California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Great spot if you've read the book. There is something to be said for a legitimate touch of reality gracing the pages of literature (albeit as an inspiration). Not much to this place, but cool factor is high.

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Thank Rubten
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

It is an adventure to see how doc Rickett's worked. It brings life to the Steinbeck books that his character is in. Only open on the 2nd & 4th Sat - Sun.

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Cupertino, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

Ed Ricketts was one of first scholar that promote to study the biology beyond each single specie individual, but also the relation between different species. That kind of concept was developed to be current ecology. He is known for his work on “Between Pacific Tides”. Steinbeck fictionalized Ed Ricketts as “Doc” and his laboratory as “Western Biological Laboratories” in his... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

This is the place, it sits right up close to the Aquarium, and it is worth a walk-by to read the plaques, etc. Lucky people are able to tour the interior but that is a rarity.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

Quick visit - interesting history with strong links to Steinbeck. Great that it wasn't ever pulled down and has been preserved.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

Like a book, like the old days back in 1960 when I was there. A wonderful place just to walk by and see history.

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Carmel, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

Now open to the public very often - but if you see that tours are being given this is a must for history buffs or anyone interested in Cannery Row during the time of John Steinbeck. A real treat!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

It was magical to touch the walls. History was made here. Research that impacts our environment day was conducted here. Well maintained. You can almost feel Doc still here.

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