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Winchester Mystery House San Jose

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Winchester Mystery House
525 South Winchester Blvd
San Jose
CA
95128
Tel: 408 247-2000

Where are we going today?

Beautiful but bizarre! That is how the Winchester Mystery House has been described, and they are pretty right! the Winchester Mystery House is a weird and wonderful experience for the whole family in San Jose - and might leave you feeling a little confused!

Sarah Winchester was born in 1840, and suffered some traumatic losses in her life. So she did what she felt would help her - spend some of her $20,000,000 to build a very strange house!

Your family can take tours around the Winchester Mystery House - but stay close because you might be lost for hours if you stray from the tour group! Have you ever seen a staircase which has seven steps descending, then eleven rising?

Have you ever seen miles of twisting hallways and secret passageways through the halls? Rumor has it that Mrs. Winchester built some strange traps to warn off the ghosts that resided in the house. She even built a Seance Room to discourage the spirit of an Indian chief! 

The house was built without any blueprints, and if she dreamt something new and strange, they would add it to the plans! Mrs Winchester was concerned with evil spirits, so you might find some weird constructions - such as upside-down columns, and stairs that go round and round in circles to confuse them! 

Legend has it that around 600 rooms were built, but with so many changes, around 160 rooms remain to this day. Finding doors that go nowhere and chimneys that fall short of the roof are just some of the oddities that you will encounter!

The Winchester Mystery House also has some amazing gardens that you can explore - some of them have 100 year old plants! Don't forget to check out the Winchester Historic Firearms Museum which has one of the largest collections of rifles in the entire west coast!

A fun and fascinating experience for a family day out with a difference!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$36 Mansion tour only. $44 Grand Estate tour with gardens
  • Children$26 (ages 6 to 12) Mansion Tour only. $34 Grand Estate tour
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Tours start from 9am and leave every 15 minutes

All year round, daily.

I'm Hungry!

Grab some snacks in their cafe - you might need it after your exciting experience! .

Any Top Tips?

You can celebrate your child's birthday in the house! Give them a call to discuss packages - it's certainly something new! .

Need a little extra help?

Service animals are welcome in the restaurant and merchandise locations. There are also transcripts for the hearing impaired.

Baby Facilities

There are baby changing stations in the restroom area.

Can I get one of those?

There is a Gift Shop where you can pick up souvenirs and merchandise of the house! Also great to grab gifts all about the history .

More information

Children under 5 years are not allowed on the Grand Estate Tour due to safety.

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    So, it is not as scary as my 12 year old son had hoped for, but it was interesting none the less. We were on a quick two day adventure to visit Alcatraz, then a quick drive down to San Jose to the Winchester Mystery House. It was a fabulous day... My kid is a paranormal enthusiast (kinda weird, I know), so he has studied, watched documentaries, anything on the A&E and the History Channel that has to do with spirits, ghosts, etc. It was cool for him to see the actual rooms where some of these have been filmed. The grounds of the estate are immaculate....Read More

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    This place is just a place of total wonder! I can't believe the history behind this house and I have wanted to come here since I was a child! I can't believe my dreams have actually come true when it comes to the Winchester Mystery House. Whether you are a history buff, a gun enthusiast or into the paranormal or the odd this house will capture your imagination. It's huge and the tour isn't cheap but, its totally worth it and I would pay it again. This place is just gorgeous and being able to be on the grounds was so amazing! Come here, it's...Read More

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    I loved taking the tour there. To me it didn't have the Ghost factor even being in the seance room and they said we couldn't get out the way we came in. That part of it is staged, and staged fear is not real at all. I did feel comfortable in the house even in Sarah's bedroom. The Ballroom definately is the best place for me. Very beautiful! I enjoyed the tours went back for a second one. I am going to try to go there on Halloween I think then it might bring the spook factor more to the front.

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by Sabrina Paul

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So, it is not as scary as my 12 year old son had hoped for, but it was interesting none the less. We were on a quick two day adventure to visit Alcatraz, then a quick drive down to San Jose to the Winchester Mystery House. It was a fabulous day... My kid is a paranormal enthusiast (kinda weird, I know), so he has studied, watched documentaries, anything on the A&E and the History Channel that has to do with spirits, ghosts, etc. It was cool for him to see the actual rooms where some of these have been filmed. The grounds of the estate are immaculate. While majority of the furniture is not original to the home, the staff has done and amazing job of keeping the integrity of the old house. If you are a history buff, ghost hunter, or just a little curious, check out the Winchester Mystery House! Side note: the gift shop is a little wacky. They are selling a bunch of odd ball stuff that has nothing really to do with the house. Reminds me of an overpriced dollar store... Lastly, we took the Estate Tour, and the Behind the Scenes Tour. I say if you are going to make a special trip- do both!!

by Lyndsi Winer

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This place is just a place of total wonder! I can't believe the history behind this house and I have wanted to come here since I was a child! I can't believe my dreams have actually come true when it comes to the Winchester Mystery House. Whether you are a history buff, a gun enthusiast or into the paranormal or the odd this house will capture your imagination. It's huge and the tour isn't cheap but, its totally worth it and I would pay it again. This place is just gorgeous and being able to be on the grounds was so amazing! Come here, it's worth it, it's just a magical kind of place all around.

by Ivanka Petroski

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We loved it! Went this morning 1/31/15 and our tour guide Alan was great! He was friendly and informative and brought some jokes :) The house itself is a wonder, and very very interesting to see in person. We would have done the full tour but didn't have the time, we're hoping to return for the full flashlight tour someday. Very much worth the money, and would definitely recommend to others! Also - there is a neat little gift shop and cafe so there ARE snacks available (although cannot be eaten on the tour). Overall a wonderful experience.

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