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Winchester Mystery House

525 S Winchester Blvd, North San Jose, San Jose, CA 95128
+1 408-247-2101
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Ranked #14 of 81 Attractions in San Jose
Type: Mysterious Sites, Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/day tour
Traveler Description: Winchester Mystery House was built by Sarah Winchester, the widow of William Wirt Winchester. She married him in 1862 and was happily married to him... more »
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WV
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

The house is beautifully recreated, as none of the original furnishings have been found after they were sold when Mrs. Winchester died. The windows (more than in the Empire State Building, they say) are beautiful! The tour takes about 75 minutes, and is close to a mile, weaving up and down stairs, and in and out of many rooms. If... More

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Seattle
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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

I took the grand tour which includes the house, the grounds, and behind the scenes; worth every penny. Pro tip - no photography is allowed in the main house. It's a fascinating journey into the mind of a spiritual and wealthy woman who reflected her beliefs in the architecture of a manor house. A wonderful experience. It is definitely unique,... More

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Colton, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I was in San Jose recently and having nevertoured the Winchester Mystery house I decided to check it out. Totally enjoyed it! And our tour guide Steve was the best. So if you are in San Jose you may want to put this on your to do list. Oh, the gift shop is really, really nice too.

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Palmdale, California
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55 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We had a great time here!! You need to do the full 2.5 hour tour, well worth it!! This place is a lot of fun and full of history! Our guide Gene was very informative and funny, the house can give you the chills at times....That's a good thing though! It's a not miss if you are in the area!!... More

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Monroe
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13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Wow, this place is very interesting and unique. We saw a documentary about the Winchester Mystery House on TV awhile back. Now, we got to see it in person. This is a neat place to visit. I would recommend a stop there when you are in the San Jose area.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

This place was a bit creepy but a great tour and story that is true. Doors that open up into walls, stairs that lead to nowhere, as long as the sounds of construction were on-going everything was fine..but when the construction halted.............Even kids enjoyed this tour.

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Willard, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We were on our way to see the Hearst Castle when we decided to take a detour and stop and see the Winchester Mystery House. Best unplanned stop we've ever made! We loved it so much more than the Castle. We found it fascinating and took both tours that they offered. I highly recommend it. I checked the 2-3 hour... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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488 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This is an amazing house that everyone should see and experience.. You enter into a very conventional if somewhat large home then sort of drift into the winding stairs and dead end halls and many different looks. It is so strange but cool to see

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Saint Croix Falls, Wisconsin
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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

The Winchester Mystery House is a museum. The two paid tours give a good representation of the home. The dissapointing part is that there is very little true restoration done. Mrs. Winchester "was a one of a kind" type person and bought up entire quantities of items so no one else would have the same interiior. The home was always... More

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Bolingbrook, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The story behind this house is sad and strange. The house is a sight to see. I would suggest you buy the main house and basement tour. I did not run into any ghosts however the basement gave me chills! The grounds are beautiful however there is lost of commercial businesses around it. Takes a bit away from the mystery.... More

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