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“An excellent, inexpensive tour.”

Haas - Lilienthal House
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Ranked #133 of 535 things to do in San Francisco
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Owner description: This Queen Anne style home, now a museum, was the house where the merchant family of blue jeans (Haas) and canned goods (Lilienthal) lived.
San Francisco
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“An excellent, inexpensive tour.”
Reviewed October 17, 2013

This tour takes just about an hour and shows a good part of this historic mansion. You get to see the main rooms, a couple of bedrooms, the grounds and a neat underground room with a working antuque trainset. You will learn not only about the family who owned the home, including the Levi's but, you will also learn about Victorian architecture and lifetstyle. I don't know how they keep the tour prices so low but, it's a definate bargain. I even ended up buying some books and a cd from their collection. Donate, too, if you can!

Visited October 2013
Thank Scott B
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San Francisco, California
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“Historic San Francisco”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Great preserved historic San Francisco home and you can book it for special events!

Hidden gem in the city - don't miss it.

Visited October 2012
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Victoria, BC
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“A slice of Victorian life”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is probably your best bet to see how a prosperous middle-class family lived in 19th century San Francisco. Operated by the San Francisco architectural heritage organization, this 1886 Queen Anne beauty is the city’s only family home–turned museum. It still has original fixtures like privacy doors at the entrance to indicate whether the family was accepting visitors, and six-and-six light fixtures (six of the lights were electric and six were gas, letting you choose your preferred effect), as well as the family’s original furniture.

All visits must be with a guide, but very little of the house is off limits, and indoor photography is permitted. Docents give tours on Wednesdays and Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you’d like to know more about the Pacific Heights area where the house is located, you can also take a docent-led walking tour that starts from the house and lasts about two hours. Your guide will explain the different architectural styles of the Victorian era and talk about the history of the city. Walking tours are only available on Sundays at 12:30 p.m. Reservations aren’t required; just show up a little ahead of time.

Visited July 2013
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Valrico, Florida
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35 reviews
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“Definitely worth the stop”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is kind of off the beaten path for tourists but well worth the effort to get there. It is beautifully restored home and we thoroughly enjoyed the quided tour.

Visited July 2013
Thank Kathy W
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Ghent, Belgium
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“Loved it!”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

The Haas-Lilienthal House is definitely worth paying a visit while in San Francisco! It's the only Victorian house in San Francisco that is open to the public (that alone makes it quite unique) and incredibly well preserved. The entrance is quite majestic and when stepping into the house, you immediately get a feel of how it must have been like living there. Our guide, Michael, was great - he knew fun facts and was even dressed in the style of that time. I went on a Sunday in July and there weren't many other visitors (which I loved - it definitely adds to the feel of the house). You are friendly welcomed when going inside and tours are given every 20 minutes or so.

Haas-Lilienthal was the one thing I absolutely wanted to visit and it completely lived up to my expectations!

Visited July 2013
Thank Kristien W
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