History Museum Exhibits and Displays
Take a walking tour of our museum to view our exhibits
As you tour the history museum you will see The Founders Room: a collection of cultural artifacts from the area’s original inhabitants; The Wappo: a diorama depicting 1860’s Calistoga. We also have a Donner Party exhibit, Sam Brannan and Robert Louis Stevenson exhibits, and much more. Visit our history museum today to take a walking tour through these amazing exhibits!
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Calistoga Hot Springs Resort, 1860s: The Saratoga of the Pacific
This 30 ft. diorama of the original Hot Springs Resort is one of the main attractions in the museum. Taking nearly 3 years to complete this painted background extends the diorama out to the horizon, with the Calistoga depot and Mt. St. Helena beckoning from right out of the wall.The Calistoga Hot Springs Resort was a thriving resort in 1860s. Inspired by the Saratoga Springs in New York, this was considered “The Saratoga of the Pacific.”
For more information, check out the History of Calistoga here.
Stagecoaches were used to carry passengers and goods pulled by horses or mules. They first originated in the United States in the 1700s. This attraction at the Sharpsteen Museum is a stagecoach from the Calistoga and Clear Lake stage fleet. This served as a link between the railroad terminus in Calistoga and areas north of the city. The restored stagecoach is presented approaching the Calistoga Hotel. The stage was abandoned for motorized vehicles in 1912.
A Simulated Barn
This simulated barn exhibit is a recreation of the Fossville Barn that was located at a short lived hostelry in Knight's Valley about five miles beyond Calistoga. This was the stopping point for stagecoaches traveling to the Geysers. The exhibit remarkably recreates that site as well as giving a glimpse of rural living. The interior of the exhibit holds a variety of farming tools from that period.
Napa Valley Railroad
Napa Valley Railroad was brought up to Calistoga by Sam Brannan in 1868. In this model a working model train moves past Calistoga’s Chinatown, an important cultural and commercial area. To learn more, plan a day trip to our history museum today!