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Winchester Mystery House

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Address: 525 S Winchester Blvd, North San Jose, San Jose, CA 95128
Phone Number: +1 408-247-2101
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/day tour
Description: Visitors can tour the house and gardens once owned by wealthy widow Sarah...
Visitors can tour the house and gardens once owned by wealthy widow Sarah Winchester, who kept construction going on the 160-room Victorian mansion for 38 years.
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This was the home of Sarah L. Winchester, wife of the maker of "The gun that won the West" (and did a great deal to win the Civil War as well. After the untimely death of her... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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474 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 330 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

This was the home of Sarah L. Winchester, wife of the maker of "The gun that won the West" (and did a great deal to win the Civil War as well. After the untimely death of her daughter Annie and still later the death of her husband from Tuberculosis, she dropped into a severe and permanent depression, eventually consulting a... More 

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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Words cannot discribe this place, it's too strange, you need to see it for yourself. Sara Winchester was the widow on William Wirt Winchester, the man who invented the Winchester rifel, the gun that won the West! Both he and Sara were born in New Haven, Connecticut in the 1830's, and when he died at about age 44, Sara went... More 

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Oakland, California, United States
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

The Winchester Mystery House has earned it's hype, as it is a well -run, well-maintained oddity that reflects not only local history of the area, but also local lore. And if you believe in the occult and ghosts, you'll get a particular thrill from the tour!

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Niceville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Its old and it's a bit weird, but not really all that impressive in my personal opinion. The story of a woman who became a widow so early in her life and just endured so much death is all too common for the era and really rather tragic. That she came to the West and sought solace in a non... More 

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Austin, Texas
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This was the coolest house i have ever seen in person. Just the history and the story make it cool. But to actually visit it and go up the stair to no where and see the fire place that fell to first floor during the earthquake was really cool.

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Hamilton, Ontario Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Seeing this mansion was a really fun experience for myself and my grandchildren (ages 6 and 11) We went on a weekend and of course it was crowded but they have a really good set up for crowd control. You are given a group number and time for your tour so that you are travelling through the house with your... More 

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Glen Allen, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The Mystery House is named for the bizarre fashion in which it was built. The widow of the famed Winchester Rifle tycoon bought the property after his death under the advice of a psychic who told her to keep building until her death. It is a strange conglomeration of rooms - most of them beautifully detailed - but he furnishings... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

You can get lost in this place's history. Literally. Fascinating, important, unique. Not for amusement. Knowledgeable tour guides make it a learning experience - and maybe sometimes a little entertaining.

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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The Winchester Mystery House employed the ultimate in Victorian craft and technology. The stained glass is Tiffany. The wall coverings are hand-made Italian at $1/square foot in 1920 dollars. Two of the three elevators are the earliest examples of Otis water-based hydraulic units. The laundry room sinks have hot water tanks, and have washboards molded into the porcelain sinks. The... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The price was too much. This house has possibilities, but our guide, too, was boring. I would have bought a book about Sara, but didn't find one in the gift shop. A soda at the café cost over $4. I'm glad I went because I've always wanted to see it, but I wouldn't do it again and am glad I... More 

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