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Dunsmuir House

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Address: 2960 Peralta Oaks Ct, Oakland, CA 94605-5320
Phone Number: 510-615-5555
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

A prime example of Victorian taste and wealth.

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Lovely house and surroundings, good for those who like old houses and the stuff that fills them

Taking a tour of the house gives an up close look at how wealthy people lived in the old days. If you or your kids have never seen an historic house, then this is a good sample... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed April 20, 2016
Oakland, California
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Houston, Texas
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I misunderstood the web site. I thought the house and grounds were open Mon to Fri and there was an organized tour on Wed at 11am, however, the tour is the only time the house is open.The rest of the time you can only walk around the grounds. The house looked nice on the outside. Where to park was confusing... More 

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Oakland, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

Nice to take a walk on the grounds during the day and attended functions in the Pavillon. Best time to go is during the Christmas Holiday. Take the tour of the House - docents are available with the Dunsmuir House history and every room has a Christmas tree beautifully decorated. They have carolers and a horse and carriage ride around... More 

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2016

Taking a tour of the house gives an up close look at how wealthy people lived in the old days. If you or your kids have never seen an historic house, then this is a good sample. They have special events, like tea at holiday time, and I've been to many private parties and meetings using the space. Conference area... More 

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Los Osos, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2015

This was my first visit to the Dunsmuir-Hellman House. Weekend tours are offered in December. Every room in this 3 story estate is decorated for Christmas. When we entered we were greeted by docents and a stunning 30 foot decorated tree. Prior to the self guided home tour we attended high tea on the grounds in a home built in... More 

Thank traveldog149
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2015

Absolutely a must during the Christmas season! All decked out with holiday cheer, it is a delight for both adults and children.

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Ripon, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2015

My sisters and I wanted to celebrate a birthday at the Dunsmuir House. Though we were highly impressed with the actual house, the horse and buggy ride, and the gardens we were insulted by the High Tea. We have been celebrating birthdays throughout Central California with a High Tea and found this place wanting in the following areas: No choice... More 

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Alameda, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2015

do not miss the pumpkin patch at this lovely villa with wonderful gardens. If you lucky there may be a fest going on, we did and had a great time, don't forget the gift shop

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Oakland, California
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102 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2015

History at its best walk in yesterday. You may rent for events. Lake Merritt is the back yard which makes for pretty view.

Thank Rosa B
SF, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2015

The mansion makes for a beautiful setting for a wedding and the grounds are really nice for a stroll or picnic.

Thank seafare74
Alta Loma, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2015

We went for the annual Easter egg hunt! We also took a brief tour and visited the gift shop! A must visit.

Thank CaliDiva4real

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