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Sharpsteen Museum

1311 Washington St, Calistoga, CA 94515-1441
+1 707-942-5911
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Great local museum

When traveling in a small town, I always try to find the local museum. This is a local gem. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mary S
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Novato, California
A surprising gem

Quite a good museum. Excellent displays of natural history, and the history of Napa Valley... read more

Reviewed 21 November 2017
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“local history” (9 reviews)
“gold rush” (5 reviews)
“early days” (4 reviews)
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1311 Washington St, Calistoga, CA 94515-1441
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When traveling in a small town, I always try to find the local museum. This is a local gem. The docents are very informative and welcoming. I actually saw an Oscar, it was behind glass, but a real Oscar. Ben Sharpsteen was an award-winning animator,...More

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Kathryn B, Manager at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a generous review Mary. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to the museum during your travels and have an interest in the life of Mr. Sharpsteen, along with all of our other items. Take...More

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Reviewed 21 November 2017

Quite a good museum. Excellent displays of natural history, and the history of Napa Valley. Sharpsteen was an illustrator working with Disney. Some great displays.

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Kathryn B, General Manager at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2017

Thank you for your review and recommendation! Please visit again next time you’re in the area.

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Reviewed 4 September 2017

This place is a real gem! Not only do you get the story of Calistoga, you get Mr. Sharpsteen's version of Disney animation. The docents were very friendly and enjoyed telling stories about the development of Calistoga. Do NOT bypass this place if you're in...More

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Kathryn B, Manager at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

Mark, we are truly grateful for your generous review and recommendation. Thanks for experiencing the history of Calistoga and Disney animation with us!

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Reviewed 31 May 2017

If you are a history nerd, this is definitely worth a visit. The exhibits are somewhat homemade, but charming and fascinating history of Calistoga's founder Sam Brennan and the characters that followed him. We spent an hour there.

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Kathryn B, Manager at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2017

AmieeandJohn, Thanks for visiting us at the Sharpsteen Museum. We're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed our exhibits and learning more about the history of Calistoga. we appreciate your kind words and five star review!

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Reviewed 21 May 2017

More California (and West Coast) history that you probably don't know about. I found it very interesting as a self guided tour but also had a nice conversation with the gentleman working there. They didn't charge admission but accept donations. Even a modest contribution will...More

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Kathryn B, Manager at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2017

Khub79, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your review. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed visiting us at the Sharpsteen Museum and learning about the history of California! We hope that you learned some interesting things and...More

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Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

Mr. Sharpsteen, the man who started the museum, was an animator for Disney and even received an Oscar. Mr. Sharpsteen would come as a boy to this area and found the history of the area important and fascinating so he made this museum. As he...More

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Kathryn B, Manager at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2017

Lynette, thank you for taking the time to share such a lovely review. It’s great to know you truly enjoyed your visit to Sharpsteen Museum and we hope to see you again in the future!

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Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

Small collection, but very interesting. The typewriter collection was cool and the diorama was amazing. Volunteer docent was very nice and shared good info that added some context.More

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Kathryn B, General Manager at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2017

Lydia, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your five star review. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed our typewriter collection and our Docent did a great job showing you around and sharing additional information with you. Thanks...More

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Reviewed 3 March 2017

I learned a lot about the history of the area . Very nice and knowledgeable staff one of my favorite spots in Calistoga

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Kathryn B, Manager at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2017

greendragongenetics, we’re honored to be one of your favorite spots in Calistoga. Thanks for your considerate review!

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Reviewed 31 January 2017

This museum had excellent diorama displays of Calistoga's early days when it was a thermal hot springs resort for the wealthy of San Francisco. There was also an extensive display of early typewriters made by Remington, Royal, Underwood and others. Additionally displayed were a collection...More

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Kathryn B, General Manager at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 2017

Eva, thanks for taking a glimpse into the history of Calistoga with us at Sharpsteen Museum! We’re thrilled to know how much you enjoyed not only the exhibits, but also our gift shop, and we’d love to see you again next time you’re in town!

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Reviewed 21 January 2017

Museum gives history about the beginning of Calistoga. They also rotate some other displays. When we were there they had old typewriters.

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Kathryn B, Manager at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2017

Jenn, thanks for checking out Sharpsteen Museum and our new exhibit - Still QWERTY After All These Years.

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Kathryn B
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Response from Marsha H | Reviewed this property |
The museum I'm talking about is in the town of Calistoga, CA. It'seems a great little-known museum with a lot of pioneer history! You'll find it really interesting! !
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