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Sharpsteen Museum

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Address: 1311 Washington St, Calistoga, CA 94515-1441
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This museum had excellent diorama displays of Calistoga's early days when it was a thermal hot springs resort for the wealthy of San Francisco. There was also an extensive... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
EvaT1133
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Sacramento, California
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Sacramento, California
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum had excellent diorama displays of Calistoga's early days when it was a thermal hot springs resort for the wealthy of San Francisco. There was also an extensive display of early typewriters made by Remington, Royal, Underwood and others. Additionally displayed were a collection of beautiful antique evening bags and an early days cottage complete with bedroom, dining room,... More 

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Kathryn B, General Manager at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this review

Eva, thanks for taking a glimpse into the history of Calistoga with us at Sharpsteen Museum! We’re thrilled to know how much you enjoyed not only the exhibits, but also our gift shop, and we’d love to see you again next time you’re in town! More 

San Francisco, California
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Museum gives history about the beginning of Calistoga. They also rotate some other displays. When we were there they had old typewriters.

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Kathryn B, Manager at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this review

Jenn, thanks for checking out Sharpsteen Museum and our new exhibit - Still QWERTY After All These Years. More 

Sarasota, Florida
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

We visited the museum at the advice of the local visitor center staff. I was impressed with the contents and presentation of their many artifacts. You can learn about the interesting history of the area and see lots of great relics of the past. They explain the fascinating Disney connection to Calistoga and even a completely furnished period cabin is... More 

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Kathryn B, Manager at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this review

GNGator, thank you for your review and generous recommendation! It’s a delight to know you enjoyed learning about our city’s rich history just as much as we love sharing it, and we would love to see you again next time you’re in town! More 

San Francisco, California
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108 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

This is a small museum with some interesting exhibits. You can go thru it in less than an hour. It is a worthwhile stop to get some local history.

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Kathryn B, General Manager at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this review

Nabglow, thank you for visiting! Our exhibits are changing regularly, so we hope to see you again next time you’re in Calistoga. More 

San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

I am one. The Sharpsteen presents a brief overview of the development of Calistoga by the white man - the notable attraction is the diorama of the original Indian Springs resort. It is quite small; during our visit, much of the space was taken up by a button exhibit. $3 admission.

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Kathryn B, Manager at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this review

Yog, thank you for visiting the Sharpsteen Museum. More 

Wall, South Dakota
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56 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The people here are friendly and knowledgeable and clearly love their community and its history. A well-organized display that reveals not only the major events in the history of the region, but something about the people who made Calistoga what it is. Most enjoyable!

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Kathryn B, Manager at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this review

We are happy to hear you had a most enjoyable time at Sharpsteen Museum! Thank you for your feedback on our knowledgeable staff and well-organized displays. Your five-star rating is much appreciated! More 

San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

A cute historical museum where you would find the connections of Harrison in SF with Harrison here. Also a good business lesson if you are into resort development.

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Kathryn B, General Manager at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting Sharpsteen Museum, Sherry! More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

The museum is free and worth checking out to learn about the history of Calistoga and the surrounding region.

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Kathryn B, General Manager at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this review

Ashlin, thanks for stopping in! We hope to see you during your next visit to Calistoga. More 

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38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

This was our third trip to Calistoga, but our first time visiting the Sharpsteen Museum. This little gem of a museum offers free admission (with a request for a donation), and a great history of Calistoga. Plan to spend some time looking at the fascinating displays here. We truly enjoyed all the exhibits, including the special "button" exhibit that is... More 

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Kathryn B, Manager at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this review

Lu-Ann, Thank you for spending some time at Sharpsteen Museum during your recent trip to Calistoga. It’s great to hear you truly enjoyed our exhibits especially our “Treasures from the Button Box.” We appreciate your review and five-star rating. More 

Bay Area, California
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

We go to the Sharpsteen every summer vacation in Calistoga. They have some sort of special exhibit every year. Last year, period dolls... this year it was fasteners and buttons through the centuries. Super friendly docents have a wealth of information. Donations accepted. Wonderful!

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Kathryn B, General Manager at Sharpsteen Museum, responded to this review

Karzats, thanks for making Sharpsteen Museum a part of your summer tradition! It’s a delight to know how much you look forward to our exhibits each year, and we look forward to sharing a bit more of our community’s history with you next summer! More 

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