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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 14 October 2018
Go2theZoo
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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 14 October 2018
Sloped_Bench
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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.
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800 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940-1023
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Reviewed 14 October 2018 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

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 14 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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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

Date of experience: October 2018
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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

Date of experience: July 2018
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

Date of experience: July 2018
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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.

Date of experience: June 2018
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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

Date of experience: November 2017
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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.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Tuco P
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

Date of experience: November 2017
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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

Date of experience: October 2017
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