PRESERVING THE HISTORY OF OUR CALISTOGA COMMUNITY

Sharpsteen Museum, a crowning jewel at the top of Napa Valley, is a must-see destination presenting the history of Calistoga and the Upper Napa Valley. Created by Ben Sharpsteen, Walt Disney animator and producer, 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.

Sam Brannan
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.

Ben Sharpsteen
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.

SIGN UP FOR OUR EMAIL NEWSLETTER

Be the first to find out about new events, special exhibits, and other unique happenings at the Sharpsteen Museum by signing up for our email newsletter. You don’t want to miss out!

Thanks for signing up!

WHAT OUR VISITORS ARE SAYING...

The Sharpsteen Museum is small but well worth a visit when you are in Calistoga. I've always been fascinated with Sam Brannan's history in San Francisco and, thanks to the museum, discovered that he also had an impactful association with the Calistoga area. Very nicely laid out with a wonderful staff. Well worth 30-45 minutes of your time!

 

—Visitor from Lafayette, California