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Take a day trip to our history museum located in Calistoga CA

Looking for new things to do in Calistoga, CA on the weekends or days off? The Sharpsteen history museum offers many exhibits and fun events to keep everyone in the family entertained. From cultural artifacts to rotating exhibits, Sharpsteen is the perfect field trip when you need things to do. Keep checking back here to see what is new with the Sharpsteen museum and stay up-to-date on our exhibits!

Fun events & new exhibits

One of the history museum's recent acquisitions is a copy of "Handbook of Calistoga Springs Or, Little Geysers." This booklet was printed in 1871 by Sam Brannan to advertise "Calistoga Springs," the original Hot Springs resort he established in 1862. Included within these pages are found a map and lithographs of the the resort and surrounding areas, as well as full descriptions written in beautiful 19th century prose.

We treasure this little gem so much that we had it reproduced as closely as possible to the original, even down to the gold foil embossed cover. It contains 28 pages of text; 6 illustrations; a fold-out lithograph of Calistoga Springs; and a fold-out map of the San Francisco Bay area with Calistoga clearly marked.

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A limited number of copies of this book are now available for sale in the Museum Book Store.

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Check out our monthly column in The Weekly Calistogan

From the October 14 edition: New Exhibit to Open at Sharpsteen Museum

From the November 18 edition: The Great Calistoga Stagecoach Robbery

From the December 17 edition: Izzy's Christmas Lesson

From the January 14 edition: From Kentucky to Calistoga

From the February 26 edition: Take a Walk Down Lincoln Avenue's Past

From the March 18 edition: "Frankie's Journey- The Silk Road to Napa"

From the April 16 edition: New Exhibit Opens in May at the Sharpsteen Museum- "Growing Up in San Francisco"

From the May 21 edition: The Legend of Mt. St. Helena

From the October 8 edition: His Name was Robert Louis

From the November 5 edition: New exhibit opening at the Sharpsteen Museum

From the February 4, 2016 edition: 170 years ago -  before "the Brooklyn" sails

From the March 3 edition: 

Looking back: An 1868 letter that ran in
the Daily Alta newspaper

The following is a transcript of a letter that ran on May 11, 1868, in the Daily Alta, a San Francisco newspaper that published from 1849 to 1891. The Daily Alta was a descendant paper of Sam Brannan’s California Star, which was published from 1847-1848, shutting down when its staff left for the gold rush. The article is provided by Kathy Bazzoli, a board member of the Sharpsteen Museum.

Our little community was startled out of its priority night before last about half-past eleven by an unmistakable earthquake, jarring the houses and shaking up the economy of life in the upper part of the Napa Valley beyond anything ever before known here. The shocks, which appeared to come from the northward, were accompanied by subterranean rumblings peculiarly ominous at the dead of night. . .

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