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Steinbeck's Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum

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Kitschy Creepy Educational

This was all that I thought it would be. Whenever this was started I think it was an earnest effort... read more

Reviewed 22 April 2018
GerkFam
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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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On it's way out. Old and musty, even for a wax museum.

It's a touristy thing to do, but with all the info available today, you could skip it. Attentions... read more

Reviewed 4 December 2017
lolabwoods
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

This was all that I thought it would be. Whenever this was started I think it was an earnest effort to educate people on the history of Monterey, which I love. I also love all attempts at copying Disney animatronics in attempt to delight the...More

Thank GerkFam
Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

Honestly the environment of the place is weird. At first I was looking forward to going plus going down the stairs each step made a piano note (10/10 stairs). Enter the place and the wax animatronics were cheap and musty (the kind you see in...More

Thank Hollee G
Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

This place smells bad it has racist undertones and several of the exhibits don’t work. It’s also dirty. A must skip

Thank Dane M
Reviewed 9 January 2018

The idea behind the place is awesome, but it's in dire need of maintenance and cleaning. It's brutally honest history and I like that. With a total revamp and good cleaning it would be one of my favorite spots in Monterey.

Thank jello112
Reviewed 4 December 2017

It's a touristy thing to do, but with all the info available today, you could skip it. Attentions to detail was excellent in the scenes, but it was difficult to hear and nothing in print at the scenes. Out of date, I fear.

Thank lolabwoods
Reviewed 13 November 2017

It smells like an old basement and the history is BRUTAL but it answered so many of my questions about the local history after touring Cannery Row and the Aquarium

Thank SanDieganMN
Reviewed 22 September 2017

This is a deal at 8 bucks for seniors. The displays are dated and a couple malfunctioned. You pick your own pace by pushing red buttons that activate the wax characters. Would be fun for family with kids above age 6

Thank jbrantmeier
Reviewed 13 September 2017

The first time we visited the wax museum was many years ago and occasionally revisit it. It is an unique wax museum showing different scenes from John Steinbeck time in Monterey. Both kids and adults should find this wax museum enjoyable.

Thank jacksonfoodie2016
Reviewed 2 September 2017

This museum is down stairs in the building near to Bubba Gumps. It is interesting, the wax figures and the decor inside is old, and dusty. Many of the wax figures are a bit corny, and there are many different stations where you push a...More

Thank Al A
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

This is a small musuem dedicated to John Steinbeck. Unfortunately the museum does not do him justice as it is very old and poorly maintained. The displays are also poorly done.

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