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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  • Good place to explore, go on a date, or get inspired by the crazy architecture and creepy history. I've been here three times, and I still find it fun. Each trip has been different for me, even though I went on the same tour each time. The first two were different because the path we took varied slightly, also the different tour guide made a very big difference. The third time I went was on Halloween, and would definitely recommend purchasing a ticket ahead of time because they sell fast. Fortunately you can go online to do that. The gun museum is pretty neat, as you can see how the guns changed over time. And the garden is beautiful and is a nice way to wait for your tour or to unwind after staying indoors for the entire tour. You can also play a shooting game while waiting for your tour too.
  • I really liked the house itself. It was cool to finally check it out. In addition, the gift shop was pretty nice. Overall, staff was helpful. My reason for dropping two stars is because of the quality of the tour guides. They didn't do anything bad per se. But you could tell they were just walking through a memorized, ritualistic monologue that they repeat only because they receive a pay check to do so. A couple weeks back, I visited the Queen Mary and it was a world of difference. Those tour guides were so passionate about what they were doing and the history behind the scenes. I think either seriously retraining these people or finding people who are more passionate would make this place awesome. Personally, I would try to retrain first because they didn't seem like bad people- they just weren't great at their jobs. My opinion. Anyway, I do hope to visit in the future.
  • My wife and I did the tour today and it was very interesting. I do not recommend it for anybody who suffers from claustrophobia. It is a fun museum type interaction. Our host Abe, did a great job with answering questions and keeping us entertained. You don’t really think about the history of Winchester guns and the United States until you visit a place like this. Definitely worth a stop if you are in the area traveling. Going check it out.
  • It's been 20 years since I visited the Winchester mystery House, and there have been many changes , more tours , self-guided tours , and new additions to the Mystery house itself in the form of period pieces and some limited restorations. The gift shop is, of course, expanded and quite decent as these things go. We did the tour of the house, it took about an hour and the walk was just under a mile. One of the most impressive things are the staircases with the odd steps, I manage to get dizzy on just about every single one of them. Most of the stairs are pretty narrow. They were built for a woman who was about 4' 10" and trim. You don't want anything bulky in there. Overall it was a very interesting tour filled with facts but the rooms and the house itself, although stuffed full of architectural oddities, was a bit sterile partly because all the furniture had been sold almost immediately after Mrs. Winchester's death. Good tour but there's something clearly missing , and I'd say it was the heart of the Winchester family. There's no sense of personality except from a distance.
  • Very interesting tour for adults, but probably boring and a bit unsafe for kids (who might not keep their hands to themselves). The garden is beautiful and wheelchair/stroller accessible (and also free). The interior of the house is very interesting and unusual, some areas are beautiful, other areas are unfinished and some are just weird. It's not wheelchair/stroller accessible and you can not take pictures or record video inside it. The guides are friendly, some are very enthusiastic but some simply sound like a recorded audio on fast forward as they speak. We took the extended tour (regular tour + 1 hour) and it was nice, especially because we were in a smaller group and could see more details. It was a fun morning and I highly recommend if you like architecture, learning historical facts and/or are curious about myths and paranormal activity.
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