and Sam Brannan Cottage
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 special exhibits which will change every six months to reflect the varied interests of the people of Napa Valley.
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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. The Sharpsteens lived an interesting life together, as 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, including one of his Oscars, in the founders’ room of the Sharpsteen Museum. The room is also home to antique autos and displays of our family history. The museum opened in 1978, featuring dioramas which they donated to the city of Calistoga. The building adjoins a restored original cottage from Sam Brannan’s resort, which was moved to this site and incorporated into the museum complex.
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 something to do with the family on a weekend, come to Sharpsteen Museum, see all of our wonderful exhibits and learn about our history. Call us today.