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Sharpsteen Museum

1311 Washington St, Calistoga, CA 94515-1441
+1 707-942-5911
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Larger and better than I expected

This museum not only displays the story of Ben Sharpsteen, an Oscar-winning American animator... read more

Reviewed June 23, 2018
Arvid O
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Palm Coast, Florida
Amazing specialty museum

While not a large museum, this museum that details the history of Calistoga, California, is... read more

Reviewed April 17, 2018
James H
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Liberty, Missouri, United States
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1311 Washington St, Calistoga, CA 94515-1441
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Reviewed June 23, 2018

This museum not only displays the story of Ben Sharpsteen, an Oscar-winning American animator, director and producer for Disney, but it displays a comprehensive history of Calistoga. We only had one hour to visit the museum before it closed. We could have easily spent another...More

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Kathryn B, Manager at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded June 25, 2018

We cannot thank you enough for the generous review, Arvid. We appreciate you taking the time to visit our museum and we are overjoyed to know you had such a good time with us. We hope you may think of us again in the future...More

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Reviewed April 17, 2018

While not a large museum, this museum that details the history of Calistoga, California, is excellent. While laid out in a linear time line, it takes you from the first settlers up to the early 1900s. Beautiful dioramas show several phases of the growth of...More

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Kathryn B, Manager at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 20, 2018

James, we thank you very much for taking the time to leave such a generous review. It makes us very happy to read that you enjoyed our museum and that you are interested in the history of the area. We thank you for your patronage,...More

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Reviewed April 9, 2018

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. Add...More

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Kathryn B, Public Relations Manager at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2018

We're thrilled to know how you enjoy visiting us! Thank you for taking the time to share such a great review, and we'll see you next time you're in town.

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Reviewed March 12, 2018 via mobile

While looking for a restaurant for lunch, my husband and I discovered this museum! What a find! The museum is clean, well-maintained, and tells the story about how the northern Napa Valley/ Calistoga area came into being. The entire exhibit is well done, clearly laid...More

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Kathryn B, Director of Sales at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to share your awesome review with us! We're happy to hear you have nothing but kind words to say about our museum. We are so happy you and your husband decided to stop in and we look forward to...More

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Reviewed March 3, 2018

I visited Calistoga for my birthday and decided to go for a walk during a break in the rain and came across the Sharpsteen Museum. I entered and met volunteer/docent Emma Mazzola who gave me a brief tour. I learned a great deal about Disney...More

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Kathryn B, General Manager at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2018

Jon, thank you for visiting! Your kind remarks will certainly be shared with Emma, and we look forward to seeing you next time you're in town.

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Reviewed February 7, 2018

When traveling in a small town, I always try to find the local museum. This is a local gem. The docents are very informative and welcoming. I actually saw an Oscar, it was behind glass, but a real Oscar. Ben Sharpsteen was an award-winning animator,...More

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Kathryn B, Manager at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded February 8, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a generous review Mary. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to the museum during your travels and have an interest in the life of Mr. Sharpsteen, along with all of our other items. Take...More

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Reviewed November 20, 2017

Quite a good museum. Excellent displays of natural history, and the history of Napa Valley. Sharpsteen was an illustrator working with Disney. Some great displays.

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Kathryn B, General Manager at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 22, 2017

Thank you for your review and recommendation! Please visit again next time you’re in the area.

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Reviewed September 3, 2017

This place is a real gem! Not only do you get the story of Calistoga, you get Mr. Sharpsteen's version of Disney animation. The docents were very friendly and enjoyed telling stories about the development of Calistoga. Do NOT bypass this place if you're in...More

1  Thank Mark D
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Kathryn B, Manager at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 14, 2017

Mark, we are truly grateful for your generous review and recommendation. Thanks for experiencing the history of Calistoga and Disney animation with us!

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Reviewed May 30, 2017

If you are a history nerd, this is definitely worth a visit. The exhibits are somewhat homemade, but charming and fascinating history of Calistoga's founder Sam Brennan and the characters that followed him. We spent an hour there.

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Kathryn B, Manager at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded June 2, 2017

AmieeandJohn, Thanks for visiting us at the Sharpsteen Museum. We're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed our exhibits and learning more about the history of Calistoga. we appreciate your kind words and five star review!

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Reviewed May 21, 2017

More California (and West Coast) history that you probably don't know about. I found it very interesting as a self guided tour but also had a nice conversation with the gentleman working there. They didn't charge admission but accept donations. Even a modest contribution will...More

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Kathryn B, Manager at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2017

Khub79, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your review. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed visiting us at the Sharpsteen Museum and learning about the history of California! We hope that you learned some interesting things and...More

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Kathryn B
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Response from Marsha H | Reviewed this property |
The museum I'm talking about is in the town of Calistoga, CA. It'seems a great little-known museum with a lot of pioneer history! You'll find it really interesting! !
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