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Bird Cage Theatre, Tombstone

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Originally built in 1881 as a theater, saloon, gambling parlor, and brothel, Bird Cage Theatre features original decor, including 120 bullet holes in the walls. Here you can visit rooms that have been untouched for over 100 years, and be in the same bedroom where Wyatt Earp stayed. See the infamous bird cages suspended on the wall just below the ceiling, where ladies of the night entertained their clients. In 1882, The New York Times called it "the wildest, wickedest night spot between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast." Ask the staff for a ghost tour. Using our world travel planner, Tombstone attractions like Bird Cage Theatre can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We took the 6:15 ghost tour which was a combination of history and paranormal. The “Ghost Host” walked us through several rooms explaining what happened in the past and who was around. Gambling, broth...  more »
  • If you like history, you will enjoy walking through Bird Cage Theatre. Much of it remains as it once was. You feel like you step back in time. It was my favorite historical stop while in Tombstone.  more »
  • We did not pay for any of the other options such as the haunted tour etc. The actor who gave a lecture on the history of the theater was very interesting and did a great job in pointing out the histor...  more »
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  • The history of this place was very interesting and quite amazing actually. The staff presenting the history in the front room made the self guided tour sound very enticing, so we took it. Sadly the back rooms did not live up to the hype. the middle room was a big disappointment, tons of artifacts crammed in without any thought to create a simulation of what it would have been like. I would rather have seen them attempt replicate the room to what it would have looked like in it's heyday. In the third section the write ups about the various performers who had played at the Birdcage was very interesting. Fourth section consisted of the original rooms that were part of the brothel. When the silver mines closed the women just walked out and left everything as is, they had expected the mines to re-open up and they never did. Advise...... stop at the intro they give in the front, that was the best part.
  • My favorite part of the Tombstone experience. Have been here several times over the years. One year, my mother, son, and I went on the evening ghost tour. There were two drunk older women dressed like saloon girls on the tour with us and about 10 other people. They kept talking about the last time they had been on the tour and how they had experiences with a ghost named Virginia. So they were looking for her again. At the end of the tour, we were all sitting in the back room with all of the lights off and those, what I guess were ghost sensor things, on the table in front of us. The two drunk ladies would not stop with the Virginia thing. They kept interrupting the silence by calling out Virginia's name and being generally drunken. It was kinda annoying and we were not seeing any ghost action. After a while one of the drunk ladies there, in the pitch dark, said "Give us a sign, Virginia!" And then, in the most perfect moment of comedic timing I have ever been witness to, someone in the tour let out a big fart. The entire room busted up with laughter. The drunk lady did not realize it was a fart and said "Thank you Virginia!" which made everyone laugh even harder. The lady was thoroughly confused at this point and shrieked "Why is everyone laughing!?" It was truly hysterical, and we laughed and made jokes about it for months afterwards. I will remember that for the rest of my life. None of us knew who ripped that fart, but it made the tour worth the cost of admission. Hilarious.
  • Speakers were very nice and so informative. Definitely worth the ticket price for behind the scenes museum. The place is to be haunted as well and have ghost tours at night by appointment only. Very cool place!!! The lady working the gift shop was a hoot and very nice.
  • cost about $40 for whole family to see but likely more worth it than the gun fight show. Everything, mostly, id's in exact same condition it was when it closed more than 100 years ago. We were told to take lots of pictures bc ghosts are often found within pics. My child loved that and begged to see pics when we were done.
  • I have mixed feelings i would give the actual history of this place 10 plus stars because it is very interesting... but i was pretty disappointed with the 20 dollars "paranormal" night tour plus 5 dollars to rent a k2 meter. I think i was hoping for a better experience. I would recommend sticking with the day tour. However maybe if you go in with low expectations you will be happy.
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