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Sharpsteen Museum

1311 Washington St, Calistoga, CA 94515-1441
+1 707-942-5911
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Amazing specialty museum

While not a large museum, this museum that details the history of Calistoga, California, is... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
James H
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Liberty, Missouri, United States
Very nice museum

The Sharpsteen Museum is small - but well worth a visit when you are in Calistoga. I've always... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
LightFighter
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Lafayette, California
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good27%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
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“local history” (9 reviews)
“donner party” (5 reviews)
“gold rush” (5 reviews)
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1311 Washington St, Calistoga, CA 94515-1441
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+1 707-942-5911
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"visiting calistoga"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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. Beautiful dioramas show several phases of the growth of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 also had an impactful association with the Calistoga area. Add...More

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Kathryn B, Public Relations Manager at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're thrilled to know how you enjoy visiting us! Thank you for taking the time to share such a great review, and we'll see you next time you're in town.

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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

While looking for a restaurant for lunch, my husband and I discovered this museum! What a find! The museum is clean, well-maintained, and tells the story about how the northern Napa Valley/ Calistoga area came into being. The entire exhibit is well done, clearly laid...More

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Kathryn B, Director of Sales at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thank you for taking the time to share your awesome review with us! We're happy to hear you have nothing but kind words to say about our museum. We are so happy you and your husband decided to stop in and we look forward to...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

I visited Calistoga for my birthday and decided to go for a walk during a break in the rain and came across the Sharpsteen Museum. I entered and met volunteer/docent Emma Mazzola who gave me a brief tour. I learned a great deal about Disney...More

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Kathryn B, General Manager at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

Jon, thank you for visiting! Your kind remarks will certainly be shared with Emma, and we look forward to seeing you next time you're in town.

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Reviewed 7 February 2018

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 8 February 2018

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

1  Thank Mark D
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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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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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