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Whaley House Museum, San Diego

(3.3/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
A California Historical Landmark, Whaley House Museum remains dedicated to what Life magazine has called America's most haunted house. After its construction in 1857, the building served variously as a general store, a courthouse, and San Diego's first commercial theater. Browse the museum to learn more about the house's history, and then embark on a self-guided tour. Nighttime ghost hunting tours offer a special thrill; your guide will share tales of James "Yankee Jim" Robinson, who met a grisly death on the property. Bring a camera to see if you can catch anything in a photo! Make Whaley House Museum part of your personalized San Diego itinerary using our San Diego itinerary planner.
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  • I'm not one to believe in the paranormal, but there is something that just isn't quite right in the Whaley House. It's a little spooky and I definitely wouldn't go closer to dark. But if that's your t...  more »
  • The staff dressed in period clothing was friendly, knowledgeable made the experience come to life. As we walked through on a self guided tour there was always someone there to answer questions and add...  more »
  • Wouldn't go out of my way to come here yet it's got a pretty interesting story. Again, don't have too many expectations about this place before coming here. It's "OK". Nothing to write home about but ...  more »
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  • This is a really unique part of San Diego history, and the stories about it being haunted are interesting. However this is a "self guided" tour. Meaning they give you a sheet with all the history and facts about the house etc to read as you go through the house. Personally I would have enjoyed the place a lot more if they actually had someone giving a tour, so you could listen to the history and stories and enjoy the surroundings at the same time. As is, it's a good value at $8 admission, but I would have been willing to pay a little more for a guided tour.
  • For all the reviews I read, I was a little disappointed. NO I was not expecting some kind of haunting or a ghost apparition but rather historical stories, artifacts... the docents were friendly and told great ghost stories but when we asked questions we got scripted answers that didn't always answer our question. The binder and documents and pictures were terribly worn out. I understand that they are limited on budget but the cost to replace the sheet protectors are quite minimum. I will revisit during special events to see if it was just a one time off thing
  • I used my iPhone voice memo to see if I could capture any spirits that would communicate with me. It wasn't until I got home to listen to the recording.I captured a woman's voice in the beginning that says "---- means No" then I asked if there was anyone here with me and a couple seconds later the same woman's voice whispers "Yes" . . This place is awesome and very active
  • Try and do the guided tour. It's worth the price to hear the scary stories and learn more about the history of the house, especially if you get a great guide. I didn't see any ghosts, but my phone's camera did take its own pictures! Several of them.
  • I went on the tour tonight and it was a not so great expirence. The first room was fine but the second I walked in the second with the families belongings I felt faint and warm. I stuck through that and the dining room but barely able to stand. We had a group of at least 20 so this may have been due to claustrophobia. Once we got up stairs to the stage room, I couldn't take it and I left to go purchase a water from the store. I went back in with the group who were now in the hallway and instantly walking in I was warm and swore I was going to pass out. It was interesting but not good if you are claustrophobic or have anxiety.