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Museums & History

The Sharpsteen Museum

Located on Washington Street in downtown Calistoga, has permanent exhibits presenting the history of the upper Napa Valley from its pre-history to post World War I, with an emphasis on people and changes brought by the period of U.S. emigration and development. In addition to its many historical exhibits, the Museum uses unique and extraordinarily extensive dioramas to depict Calistoga during its period as the elegant 1870s Hot Springs resort developed by pioneer, promoter, publisher, entrepreneur, and California's first millionaire, Sam Brannan. While there, check the Museum Store for a great selection of local and period history books. The Museum also includes colorful and interesting displays covering the 33 year career of Ben Sharpsteen at Walt Disney Productions.

Bale Grist Mill State Park

Built in 1846, the Old Bale Mill has been restored to operating condition complete with its 36-foot wooden waterwheel. On weekends you can buy freshly ground cornmeal, whole-wheat flour and other gifts in the mill's store. You can walk along the History Trail from the mill to Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, a mile and half north and visit the Native American Plant Garden next to the visitor center. The Bale Grist Mill is located four miles south from Calistoga on Highway 29.