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Exhibits like the Dioramas are presented in a manner to evoke the story behind them.  These  begin with a geothermal exhibit and  a collection of cultural artifacts  from the areas original inhabitants, the Wappo.

Another example is the stagecoach from the Calistoga and Clear Lake stage fleet, which served as a linkbetween the railroad terminus in Calistoga and areas North.  The restored stagecoach  is presented approaching the Calistoga Hotel. The stage was abandoned for motorized vehicles in 1912. A simulated barn interior holds a varied collection of period farming tools. This exhibit recreates the Fossville Barn located at a short lived hostelry which was located in Knight's Valley about five miles beyond Calistoga and was the stopping point for stagecoaches traveling to the Geysers. The  exhibit  remarkably recreates that site as well as giving a glimpse of rural living. 

Also depicted in the museum are exhibits providing a glimpse into a cottage of the original Hot Springs Resort, a general store, a family kitchen in the period when the kitchen was the center of the home. and a blacksmith shop from the late 19th century.

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The Sharpsteen Museum
1311 Washington St
P.O. Box 573
Calistoga, CA 94515

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