Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House, San Jose: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Winchester Mystery House Reviews: 4/5

Winchester Mystery House
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Historic Sites • Mysterious Sites
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Winchester Mystery House is the beautiful but bizarre mansion of Sarah Winchester, heiress of the Winchester Repeating Arms fortune. Construction began in 1884, and didn't stop for 38 years. Haunted by the spirits of Winchester rifle victims, Mrs. Winchester built the Victorian mansion with many odd and mysterious features. The Winchester Mystery House is an architectural wonder and historic landmark in San Jose, CA. Self-guided garden tours are available.
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Carrie C
Golden, CO159 contributions
Enjoyable but needs more storytelling
Jun 2021 • Family
I found the tour fascinating, wondering about this tiny woman who created this bizarre but interesting house. However, they fall so short on what it could be! Information is given but there's no storytelling, and this house is yearning for a bard, someone who can spin a tale around all these bits and pieces of info and make it th compelling piece of history that it had to be. I mean, the woman had a seance room with three exits but only one entrance. You can't drop that factoid without mentioning she thought the ghosts of those killed by her family's guns were following her. But the guides sort of hedged and avoided talking about anything remotely non factual. Spin the tale!

However ,I did find it interesting, the covid socially distanced tour was still great, the period costumes fun. Just, for the price, how about upping the entertainment factor? Maybe make the teen employees from the theater department. If I hadn't listened to a podcast about the Winchester house as a base for the Disney haunted mansion, it wouldn't have been as fun. And, btw, I didn't see that mentioned anywhere. Why not?
Written June 20, 2021
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IloveWDW2
Pratt, KS344 contributions
Daughter's bucket list finally fulfilled
Jun 2021
My second visit (but that was some 40 years ago) and my husband and daughters first visit. Our daughter has wanted to visit the house for many years and this year we decided "why not". The self guided tour was actually quite nice. There were plenty of guides around that if you did have a question someone could answer.

The gardens are so beautiful so make sure that you take the time to look at them as well.
Written June 15, 2021
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Johnny Trekkie
San Diego, CA9,115 contributions
Whimsical
May 2021
Covid has been wreaking havoc across the globe, but it also creates some unique opportunities, such as visiting the Winchester Mystery House on a weekday afternoon when there were almost nobody around.

We had the house almost to ourselves...almost! It made for a extraordinary experience wandering around the mysterious and wacky mystery house. The self guided audio tour gave just enough information, and that friendly staff were always happy to answer questions and give out insightful fun facts.

I would've been annoyed I had came on a pre covid day where the mass crowds would've made for a miserable experience, all the slow people and social media addicts would destroy the experience. But to have the house nearly to ourselves, it was awesome!
Written June 9, 2021
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gsgman777
Columbia, IL355 contributions
Mystery House in the CITY?
May 2021
We really enjoyed the visit, the house was definitely a strange place. We have wanted to go for many years and it worked out this year.

Very easy find, in fact we imagined driving a little further out into some countryside somewhere but it was literally right off the highway in the middle of the city. I think that was stranger the house. I think whatever city planners were in charge of allowing city to grow so close around should be ashamed. It definitely took away from the mystery and ambience of the house.

Other than that the house was very cool to see. The tour was laid out well, and although we couldn't go in a couple of rooms because of the COVID situation we were still very happy to be there. I like that the workers there were in preiod clothing and they seemed to really enjoy being there and talking about the house.
Written June 9, 2021
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Michelle G
Elko, NV15 contributions
Bucket List item that did not disappoint!!
May 2021
I took my adult daughters and their boyfriends here to celebrate one of them turning 31 and having this house on their "bucket list." All six adults were amazed by the beauty, the story, and the mystery. We took two cameras that I have used for years and never had a single issue and I took over 300 pictures. Most of the pictures came out as beautiful as ever, but we had a few that were completely unexplained. I have uploaded a couple of examples.....
Written June 8, 2021
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Elllap1963
2 contributions
Awesome Experience
Jun 2021 • Friends
It was so amazing, I hope to come back to complete the entire tour of the whole house after stupid Covid is over.
Written June 5, 2021
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Chris W
5 contributions
Wow!
May 2021 • Friends
An amazing experience! This house is way more than an old mansion, come give it a look! The tour guides are full of information about the place, and every room is unique in its own special way.
Written June 1, 2021
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Kj P
Hayward CA138 contributions
Fun afternoon!
May 2021
Very fun self guided tour. Creepy and exciting both. Loverly antiques. Great place to take out of town guests. Fantastic garden and fun gift shop.
Written May 31, 2021
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TravelingStudent07
San Ignacio, Belize35 contributions
Smaller in real life
May 2021 • Couples
It is alot smaller than you think. I wish we had more time in each room to observe the stained glass that was everywhere or admire the fine detail in some rooms, but due to covid you can only have maybe 2 mins a room. You MUST move on at the end of a recording, sometime the recording is less than a min so as soon as you walk in you move on. Didnt help that small kids were running around unchecked by a few families. That is not the WMH fault but keep that in mind to not let your screaming kids run wind here. We spent about 1.5 hours walking the house, garden, and shop. So maybe 45 in the house. I'd hate to think how warm it gets inside during the summer. No flash photography allowed inside so mare sure you have a wide angle or atleast a night lens for pictures. The staff is knowledgeable and you can ask questions. Show up early like the website suggests. We had the 11am ticket time and the lot was pretty empty when we showed up at 1030. But as we waited for our time to go in it filled up quickly, so keep that in mind. I would do it again, but maybe earlier to avoid kids.
Written May 30, 2021
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Lois T
39 contributions
Great history
May 2021 • Friends
I have always wanted to go here. Loved it. Was fascinated by the history and how it was built and is still maintained. Very nice staff. Great time.
Written May 27, 2021
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