The Monterey Bay in California is never short on things to do or places to visit. It has so many attractions that not only cater to adults but also to kids as well. There are plenty of outdoor activities and a few shopping destinations. Some of the notable places to visit include the Fisherman’s Wharf, the beaches and the whale watching, several parks, and of course the old cannery row. There are many things to see in the cannery row, but one of its older attractions includes Steinbeck’s Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum.
As the name implies, the wax museum contains sculptures of people that depict the history, culture and the civilization of the community that thrived in Monterey Bay. As mentioned earlier, Steinbeck’s Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum is quite old already, dating as far back as the 1970’s. The museum is attributed to John Steinbeck, a celebrated American writer who has won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for his novel, The Grapes of Wrath. His other famous literary works include the East of Eden and Of Mice and Men. He is beloved in Monterey, California, due in part to his many different literary works which make use of Monterey as its setting.
The attribution of Steinbeck to the Wax Museum in Monterey is due to the fact that many of the displays found inside the museum depict certain scenes in some of his novels. As a matter of fact, the Cannery Row was so named because of the immense popularity of his novel called Cannery Row. If you visit the Wax Museum in Monterey today, you’ll even see a wax sculpture of John Steinbeck sitting with a group of his peers enjoying a couple of drinks.
The Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum depicts over 450 years of Monterey’s rich history and the people who helped and contributed to the rich culture of Monterey today. The museum holds over a hundred different wax sculptures grouped into different moments in time to showcase how their lifestyle was during the early 1900s. Some of these wax figures portray workers from the now defunct sardine canning factories, a bullfight scene, prostitutes, Indians and many more.
The wax museum also features certain audio and visual presentations to provide accurate and detailed descriptions of the wax statues and the events they were presenting. There are even mechanical wax statues that move with the audio for a more immersive and entertaining experience. The price for admission is very affordable and the wax museum is a good means of entertainment for the whole family.
The Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum is more than just an entertaining romp for the family. It preserves history of Monterey and ensures that future generation are educated about their past and what the Monterey Bay as gone through in the ages. Make sure to include a visit to the wax museum into your itinerary when you visit Monterey. Remember to book a hotel that’s not only affordable, but also close to attractions and commercial spots in the Monterey Bay area. A hotel like the Vagabond Inn Hotel in Monterey is within minutes to the Cannery Row and the Wax Museum.