Sharpsteen Museum, Calistoga

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Visitors will also get a unique view into the history of Calistoga during its period as a hot springs resort during the 1860s with a series of meticulously detailed dioramas of the city.

California’s first millionaire, Sam Brannan, purchased much of the property for his Hot Springs Resort in 1859. The resort was completed in 1862, and visitors to the Sharpsteen Museum will get a view of the city and resort in the diorama. Created using photographs and prints of the city during that period, the diorama took nearly three years to complete
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  • This museum not only displays the story of Ben Sharpsteen, an Oscar-winning American animator, director and producer for Disney, but it displays a comprehensive history of Calistoga. We only had one h...  more »
  • While not a large museum, this museum that details the history of Calistoga, California, is excellent. While laid out in a linear time line, it takes you from the first settlers up to the early 1900s....  more »
  • The Sharpsteen Museum is small - but well worth a visit when you are in Calistoga. I've always been fascinated with Sam Brannan's history in San Francisco and, thanks to the museum, discovered that he...  more »
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  • Nice little museum with informative, enthusiastic staff. The store is interesting, with rare books and antique items for sale. The staff make your visit feel like you're a respected guest getting a tour.
  • Fun place for families. Great staff and several interactive exhibits. Nice little park near by for kids to run off some energy.
  • Cool place. Lots of great history. Fun place to visit and not boring
  • If you're a history bluff, this is a great place to listen and learn about circa 1800's.
  • Wonderful little museum with lots of dioramas of early Calistoga, artifacts of the gold rush era and of the trek west by settlers who became part of the history of early California. Entirely staffed by volunteers and open 7 days a week almost all year. Great place for young and young at heart!
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