Winchester Mystery House, San Jose

3.7
The attraction to Winchester Mystery House lies in its architecture and lack of any master building plan, as much as for its ghost stories. The widow of William Wirt Winchester, who built the house, began construction only after her husband died and left her a huge fortune. A medium told her this fortune should be used to build a house for the ghosts of the people who were killed by her husband's famous rifles. The architectural curiosities were added continuously from 1884 to 1922. Take a guided tour to learn all the quirky stories of the haunted rooms. Make a reservation online. To visit Winchester Mystery House on your holiday in San Jose, and find out what else San Jose has to offer, use our San Jose road trip app .
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  • This is a great place to take friends visiting from out of town/state. It's full of history, mystery and folklore. Now that the movie's out, you and your friends and family would enjoy exploring these...  more »
  • We totally enjoyed our tour of the Winchester House. We were fascinated by the story of Mrs. Winchester and the continual building of the home. It included some of the most bizarre architecture and sp...  more »
  • Obvious that work and dedication makes. Winchester Family struggled, worked and left a legacy this museum shows the life and as I grow that family
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  • This is a tourist venue that has been open since 1923. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours are a bit pricey as the owners have started dolling the place up with period furniture. There are a great deal of conventions and special events, as a result, so don't be surprised if some rooms aren't available for touring during your visit. The outside grounds are free to visitors and probably better suited to young children. I have a yearly pass, which is approximately the cost of two tours, and it is good for all three tours on offer. If you enjoy visiting Mrs. Winchester's oddity as much as I, it may prove to be the best value. Halloween and Christmas are the best times to visit, allowing for crowds. The middle of the week during school session, it's very slow and guides have more time for questions.
  • I had visited the Winchester Mystery House twice before. Once in the seventies and once in the eighties. I had actually badmouthed this place for the past thirty years because of my visit then. That changes now. The family had a great time. Of course, the building, itself, hasn't changed for almost 100 years. The tour no longer has the flexibility it once had. I remember being able to go up the stairs to nowhere and opening doors to the restrooms, etc. I think the biggest change is that they no longer allow photos inside the house. Our guide was fantastic. She was engaging and fun. She was able to answer most questions and made the tour better. The mansion is well-maintained. We saw several maintenance workers while there. I was impressed that the entire place was decorated for Christmas. The only reason I don't give this five stars is the cost. Groupon lowered it quite a bit for us but for a family of four, it was a bit pricey.
  • Be prepare to have a good pair of feet to finish walking the entire tour. The mansion was built spirally outward and was never meant to be finished, due to the mistress's psychological breakdown. Therefore, the main building's structure and floor plan is really messy, easy to get lost without guidance. The garden and servant/worker-related facilities and outskirt buildings make better sense in functional design. Nevertheless, the labyrinth-like main mansion contents the most fine pieces of antiques and art collections. Many of the rooms have the antiqued furniture and household items placed in ways to let tourists easily imagine the luxurious but nervous life of the owner. The House provides two regular tour options and the option to book private group events, with the option to stay overnight and having Victorian style meals. But the most well-known special event is during Halloween, at which the House opens at night and let tourists venture inside with only candle lights. During Christmas season, there would be seasonal decoration as well.
  • Really fun place to take family,friends, and kids too. Guided tour is over an hour walk through the house. Tour guide stops a lot and tells you fun facts. But you have to stay with your group in the house. Outside you can wonder around on your own. Big gift shop. Tour is expensive. Check for discounts.
  • I went here for a corporate event. It was okay. You walk around and learn about the history of the place. Our first tour guide gave us the general walk around of the place. He was excited and had character when showing off the house. We did the extended tour and unfortunately the guy seemed nervous and wasn't as cheery. He was nice though. I would say you should at least visit this place once. If you don't visit it, you're not really missing out on much.

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