Located at 1311 Washington Street in Calistoga, the Sharpsteen Museum is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of upper Napa Valley history. With their fascinating dioramas and permanent exhibits, visitors can explore the many changes of the landscape and culture in Calistoga and the upper Napa Valley from pre-history to World War I, with a special focus on Calistoga’s history as an 1860s Hot Springs resort—developed by Sam Brannan. The Sharpsteen Museum also has various special exhibits that are changed every six months.
One of the last remaining cottages from Brannan’s Calistoga Hot Springs Resort adjoins the main museum building, and is used as an auxiliary exhibit. Although moved only a short distance to this location, this cottage serves as a reminder to Calistoga’s early beginnings as a resort destination.
The Sharpsteen Museum has plenty of fascinating exhibits and fun events to take part in, and is one of the key places for Napa Valley history. The museum is located at 1311 Washington Street in Calistoga, and is open 7 days a week from 11am-4pm. They can be reached at 707-942-5911. www.sharpsteenmuseum.org