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Spring 2024 Special Exhibit: 
Chick & Yvonne:

A Life in Photographs

We are proud to present a retrospective of the work of renowned photographers and longtime Calistoga residents Chick Harrity and Yvonne Henry. This husband & wife duo are an effortless artistic balancing act: Chick spent 60 years as an international photojournalist, and Yvonne is an award-winning fine art photographer and artistic muse for the community. Their combined work ranges from capturing American Presidents and world events, to fine art still lifes, small-town happenings and quirky local personalities. This exhibit has something for everyone, from the macro to the micro, all presented with a rare level of talent, inspiration and heart. 

Coming Soon - stay tuned for more details. 

It's Renewal Time!

The Sharpsteen Museum Association would like to thank you for being a member. Your contributions not only reaffirm your commitment to our vision, but also establish you as an integral part of our vibrant community. With your help, the museum will continue to be a source of inspiration to all. 

 

Your membership for the 2024/2025 year is due June 1st, and we invite you to another year of support by renewing your membership today. Your continued generosity helps to keep our doors open, our visitors informed about the history of Calistoga and the Upper Napa Valley and provides activities and outreach within our community.

Planning a visit with the young ones?

Let them go on a scavenger hunt!

Click here to download and print (2 pages), or pick one up at the museum on your next visit.

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ATTENTION MUSEUM MEMBERS:

SMA BYLAWS

Read the revised
By-Laws here.

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The Sharpsteen Museum was voted 2023 Readers' Choice, North Bay Bohemian's 
"Best Museum for Napa County"!!!
 
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PRESERVING THE HISTORY OF CALISTOGA

AND UPPER NAPA VALLEY

The Sharpsteen Museum is a must-see destination created by Walt Disney animator and producer, Ben Sharpsteen. This award-winning museum features dioramas, artifacts, antiques and exhibits designed by Ben and his team of highly creative artists dedicated to making history fun and educational for adults and children alike.

PLEASE NOTE: Museum hours depicted in this video are incorrect.

Sam Brannan, Calfornia's First Millionaire
MEET SAM BRANNAN

In 1859 Sam Brannan began purchasing his eventual 2000 acres in Hot Springs Township. He founded the town of Calistoga and built the original Calistoga Hot Springs Resort.

Actual restored Brannan Cottage
SAM BRANNAN COTTAGE

Relive the days of yesteryear as you walk into an one of the original Sam Brannan Cottages restored to its 1860s splendor complete with vintage furnishings. 

30-foot diorama of Calistoga in the 1860s.
1860 CALISTOGA DIORAMA

Highlights include an extensive, highly detailed 30-foot diorama which offers a glimpse of 1860s Calistoga and its Hot Springs Resort developed by Sam Brannan.

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BEN SHARPSTEEN'S VISION

Explore Ben's creative artistry, talent, and vision as put forth throughout the museum. See one of 11 actual ‘Oscars’ awarded to Ben during his 30-years with Disney.

Fully restored stagecoach
Well stocked gift store
1863 Sam Brannan Resrt Cottag
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WHAT OUR VISITORS ARE SAYING...

Google Reviews, June 2017

What a cool place for kids and adults! We loved that it has ties to the original Disney gang. Mr. Sharpsteen sure was a talented and fascinating man. My personal museum favorite was the walk through attached cottage from the 1800's. It is rare to get that close to great quality antiques. My children loved the exhibit where you can watch the train go around the town. We're very glad we stopped in and also took time to shop in their reasonably priced gift shop and chat with the friendly and informative staff. Highly recommended! 

—Angelina A.

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