Need a break from wine tasting? While you're in Yountville, stop in at the Napa Valley Museum and soak up some of the region's storied history.
You'll get the whole story, from the Native Americans who once made Napa Valley home...through the influences of early pioneers...to the winemakers who transformed the area into the successful grape-growing region it is today.
Many of the touring exhibits include photographs and paintings from regional artists, depicting the valley's cultural and geographical heritage. Be sure to check the museum's website for upcoming attractions and events throughout the year.
Head downstairs and you'll learn how wine is made. This highly interactive exhibit teaches the winemaking process through multi-media. It's a permanent attraction here and is truly impressive.
Stop in the Gift Shop and browse a wide range of works from artists and artisans, including limited-edition art, pottery, jewelry and more. You'll also find books about the region's history.
The Napa Valley Museum looks like stylish rendition of a barn and silo, making it a fitting tribute to the valley's then-and-now culture.
Location: 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville, California
Hours: Wednesday - Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm; closed major holidays
Admission: $15 for adults / $7.50 for seniors / $7.50 for children under 17 / Free for members, Vets Home residents and active military