For a truly fresh take on the concept of a museum, head to di Rosa Preserve. Occupying more than 200 acres in the Carneros region of Napa Valley, the site was once the home of Rene and Veronica di Rosa—winemakers, art collectors, and philanthropists—and now is open to the public. Explore the grounds’ 35-acre lake, wildlife preserve, and 3 buildings that house the di Rosa’s personal art collections. Check out the permanent collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs from well-known Bay Area artists in the Main Gallery, then see the eclectic rotating collections on display in the Gatehouse Gallery. Get outside and walk through the Sculpture Meadow, a 1/3-mile hike dotted with outdoor art installations. Sit by the lake, take in the view, and savor the open space.
My wife and I have stopped here twice—once for a quick tour of the visitor center gallery and once for their 1.5 hour tour which includes much more. We were warmly welcomed each time and found the art to be very engaging. Given the wide mix of subjects, everyone will find something that fits their interests—and in many cases, will bring a smile to their face due to the humorous nature of many of the pieces.
di Rosa Preserve and More Nearby
5200 Carneros Highway, Napa, California 94559