Whaley House Museum, San Diego

3.5
#10 of 32 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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  • Don't really believe, so wasn't looking for ghosts - but there isn't anything particularly compelling about this haunting anyway. Do like historic buildings and as far as this one went, the docent exp...  more »
  • As a Historic Preservation Major, I appreciated the condition the house was in and how it was decorated in a historically accurate way. But there wasn't much to explore as all of the rooms are blocked...  more »
  • I know everyone will have their own experience as they may their own belief. I personally am very open minded to the afterlife and spirits etc and will share openly that I had very strong experiences ...  more »
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  • Great spooky ambiance. The guides are informative and well spoken. I only gave 4 stars because the tour groups are too close together and you can hear both groups at times ahead and behind you. Couldn't hear one damn ghost!
  • The self guided tour is certainly not lacking! And there's also plenty of ghostly evidence to fuel your supernatural curiosities. History buffs should strike up conversation with the employees to probe for some amazing facts you won't find in the written materials, and the home is lovely for those looking for enchantment.
  • I visited the Whaley house on 11/19/2016 and I enjoyed the tour so much I recommended my friends to come to old town San Diego and try a night tour of the Whaley house. I didn't see or feel anything during our tour but when I got home (Los Angeles) i was shocked and flabbergasted when I reviewed the pictures I took of the staircase in the Whaley house, what I see in the picture is what appears to be a little girl walking up the staircase!! Judge for yourself.
  • I personally enjoyed the self guided tour. Got to take my time and still got to hear some stories from one of the guides. Also had the privilege to catch something on camera. Loved it, but I also went out of my way to visit!!
  • Pretty amazing place. Took pictures at every room to find a ghost. Nothing happened when I was there but some of my pictures had weird stuff.

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