Whaley House Museum, San Diego

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#10 of 39 in Museums in San Diego
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! Whaley House Museum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, San Diego Edition.
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  • I researched the Whaley House before we went- which I highly recommend. If you walk in cold, you won't know what to look for. I read a review where a woman concluded that this house was not haunted an...  more »
  • Arrived early to San Diego for a conference and decided to check this place out as it’s dubbed the most haunted house in America. As a scientist and a skeptic, I went over to the Whaley House Museum n...  more »
  • The haunted house is interesting for the history of family that it involves. The photo album is pretty cool. It's a place paid. It is not a must but it's worth a visit for those who are visiting Old Town.
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  • A well preserved piece of San Diego history, with some extra perks. The day tour is a self-guided one, with information given on the different rooms in the house. Docents are available to answer any questions, or to give more information on the history and residents of the house. While supernatural encounters are frequent here, don't expect a spook during a visit. It's a low cost way to spend between a 1/2 hour to a full hour, if you take your time.
  • This is a very well known and much investigated paranormal hotspot. Even if you don't believe in that sort of thing the house is a well preserved bit if history. There are lots of pictures to look at and the docents have stories they can tell you if you ask. The admission price is for a self guided tour and you are provided with literature to guide you and point out key features. If you like history and offbeat interest spots it's worth a visit.
  • Completely enjoyed visiting the haunted Whaley House Museum. While it was self guided tour, the docents gave colorful history of the family and house and more. Ask questions! They are more than happy to oblige in ghost tales. It was a fun afternoon walking in the home and taking a step back in history.
  • When I lived in San Diego, I visited this home. It was beautiful and I love historic homes. I didn't see or feel any ghosts, but that doesn't mean you won't! I recommend going if you're in San Diego.
  • The staff is amazing!! Definitely will visit again next time I’m in California. Thank you!
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