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Sharpsteen Museum, Calistoga

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.7/5 based on 80 reviews on the web
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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  • The museum is free and worth checking out to learn about the history of Calistoga and the surrounding region. 
  • This was our third trip to Calistoga, but our first time visiting the Sharpsteen Museum. This little gem of a museum offers free admission (with a request for a donation), and a great history of Calis...  read more »
  • We go to the Sharpsteen every summer vacation in Calistoga. They have some sort of special exhibit every year. Last year, period dolls... this year it was fasteners and buttons through the centuries. ...  read more »
  • This place is really small but it's beautiful and the best part is that they have a BUTTON collection!!! How awesome is that you have to see it to love it
  • Normally "tiny/Quaint" Museums are NOT my thing. I have been to Wine Country so often though, that for my wifes first trip I told her to just pick from whatever she thought would be cool.... Thus we ended up at this place... When we first walked in,it was clear that the Docent was a very grouchy sort, but that can be amusing (except for the teenage girl that was touching everything in sight in the gift shop). Anyhow the Museum is a retrospective of the life of several men that helped found the Sonoma/Napa Valley and has very interesting artifacts/letters and what not. There is a humongous Miniture Diarama, and some great old pictures. They seem to stress the ties the men had to the Mormans then at the end say they really werent Mormans, which is irrational.PROS? Very neat and clean inside... CONS? There was a display case with Ben Sharpsteens Oscar and the Docent would not open it for me to touch (totally out of line) and before anyone says anything, she had the keys there was no one around, and how many people ask.
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