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Doc Rickett's Pacific Biological Laboratories

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I don't know how to rate this. It's simply a place you'd want to visit if you're a Steinbeck fan... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Layton, Utah
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A slice of Cannery Row when Cannery Row was Cannery Row!

If you are a Steinbeck fan, this is 5 stars. If you're not, it's 4 stars. To enhance the tour... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
San Jose, California
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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.
800 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940-1023
+1 831-372-8512
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 15 December 2003

I'm a teacher and chaperone for an annual "Monterey Trip" for junior high students. Prior to the trip we require students to read Steinbeck's Cannery Row in which are vivd descriptions of the row and its inhabitants. Steinbeck describe Doc's place, "Lee" Wing Chongs place,...More

9  Thank OzzyKO
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Reviewed 11 July 2007

This is strictly for Steinbeck fans--it is one of the main locales for "Cannery Row", the lab of Doc Ricketts. It is a plain wooden building that sadly is being surrounded by development, with a few reminders of the 1940s nearby. There is no sign...More

4  Thank Pnemiller
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I don't know how to rate this. It's simply a place you'd want to visit if you're a Steinbeck fan, as Ricketts was a close friend and inspiration for characters in many of his books. You can't go inside. I'm not sure you can even...More

1  Thank Go2theZoo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are a Steinbeck fan, this is 5 stars. If you're not, it's 4 stars. To enhance the tour experience, break out a copy of "Cannery Row" and read it before the tour. It will get you in a mood and help you "see"...More

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Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

Some Steinbeck’s history, the original building, you can look in the window, and walk around the building to see Monterey Bay

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Reviewed 9 August 2018

This small rustic building is a portal into a past time where people lived humbly but made some generative offerings to us here in todays world. I came to see inside, expecting that it would be open at 12md, but alas, it was closed. I...More

Thank Bronwen L
Reviewed 22 July 2018

I have never been inside of the building, though have peeked inside from the front porch. This is the real life person on whom John Steinbeck based the character of "Doc" in his Cannery Row books. The real life guy was truly beloved of those...More

1  Thank Phil N
Reviewed 9 July 2018

This is not open daily. You have to be there when they do a tour. Very interesting to see but hard to plan due to limited open times.

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Reviewed 13 March 2018

Doc Rickett's Lab is one of the most legendary old historic places on Cannery Row. Located just beside the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the small dilapated old wooden laboratory is only visited by pre-arranged bookings. It is the famous lab that John Stinbeck wrote about and...More

1  Thank Dao1949
Reviewed 25 February 2018

One of the best books ever written in the English language had Ed Ricketts as the model for Steinbeck's "Doc, and here is his lab. If you don't get e selfie here, you can't call yourself a Steinbeck fan.

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Reviewed 4 December 2017

Pleasantly surprised to find so much of the original concrete infrastructure still in place and glad to see so much history still intact. Even if you are not a fan of the books, it is still extremely interesting. We found the displays to be fascinating...More

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Reviewed 7 November 2017

I've been a fan of Steinbeck and loved his friendship with Doc Ricketts. Log of the sea of Cortez did more for me than many of Steinbeck's other litterary masterpireces. It was such a shame that this historic building is only a closed shell. It...More

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