• Calistoga History

    and Sam Brannan Cottage

Welcome to the Sharpsteen Museum in Calistoga, CA
NEW SPECIAL EXHIBIT: "Out of the Attic"
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Preserving the History of Our Calistoga Community

At the Sharpsteen Museum, our mission is to preserve the history of Calistoga and the Upper Napa Valley from its early days to post World War I. Our exhibits tell the story of the people and changes brought by the period of U.S. emigration and development.

Unique and extraordinarily extensive dioramas are used to depict Calistoga during its time as an elegant 1860s Hot Springs resort developed by Sam Brannan. Mr. Brannan was California’s first millionaire who was well known as a pioneer, promoter, publisher, and entrepreneur. Sharpsteen Museum has fun events and special exhibits that will change every six months to reflect the varied interests of the people of Napa Valley. 


Find all the specific information you need about our history museum here, including hours, admission prices, parking availability, and more.

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Support Sharpsteen Museum by becoming a member or donating to our all-volunteer organization. 

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Take a walking tour and check out our many displays and collections, featuring artifacts from Calistoga’s past. 

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Upcoming Events & 
Things to Do

Out of the Attic
An array of private collections from members' households and two local historical societies. Click here for more info.
February Coffee
Wed. Feb. 28, 10am: Calistoga Schools Superintendent Superintendant Erin Smith-Hagberg will speak.
Meet the Author
Sat. Mar. 31, 12-2pm. Bruce Bradley, author of "The Walker"
Appraisal Roadshow
Sat. Apr. 14- details to follow
April Coffee
Wed. Apr. 4, 10am: Chris Canning, Mayor of Calistoga

Our History 

The Sharpsteen Museum was the vision of Ben and Bernice Sharpsteen. The Sharpsteens retired to their ranch near Calistoga, which had originally been purchased by Ben’s grandmother in the 1800s. Ben was an Academy Award-winning animator, producer, and director for Walt Disney Studios. He worked on many of the famous Disney projects we know and love today. You can find memorabilia of Ben’s career at Disney Studios, including one of his Oscars, in the founders’ room of the Sharpsteen Museum. The room is also home to antique auto hubcaps, emblems and displays of the family history. 

The Sharpsteen Museum was dedicated to the City of Calistoga and opened to the public in 1978. Attached to the Museum and accessible from the inside is a restored original cottage from Sam Brannan’s resort, that was moved to this site and restored and outfitted with period furnishings. 

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Visit Us for a Day Trip!

Sharpsteen Museum is perfect for walking tours, day trips, field trips, and more. We have plenty of fun events and exhibits for the whole family to enjoy. If you’re looking for things to do with your family on a weekend, come to Sharpsteen Museum, see all of our wonderful exhibits and learn about our history. 

Visit us today for a walking tour or plan a field trip with your family. We can't wait to see you at our history museum! For any questions regarding exhibits, special accommodations, and more, please give us a call.

Call us today to plan a field trip to our history museum or become a member!

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