“Marvelous, baffling, and eerily eccentric”
The Mystery House, one of the most haunted buildings in America, leta guests stay overnight and drink booze anywhere on premises. Built in the 1800s by Winchester Rifle heiress Sarah Winchenster, the Mystery House is a winding maze of staircases to nowhere, tiny hallways, and trap doors.
The place is cool. Go with enough time not to be rushed. The architecture inside and out is beautiful (even the weird stuff lol) . If you go in spring the gardens are beautiful! If you go in October they decorate all over for Halloween! And above all be aware because YES it does have activity :-) .
I think this is worth checking out once, but it was a bit overpriced and the tour in the summer was long and very hot/stuffy. There are some really interesting things that this eccentric woman had done to her home, and it is a beautiful home. Kids might get a little bored, except for climbing up the many petite staircases or checking out the gift shop. The bummer is none of the original furnishings are in the house, because they had been sold. They tried to replace some furniture with authentic pieces from that time, but many rooms are empty.
One of the weirdest houses in America, the Winchester Mystery House is most definitely worth a visit for those who've never been there. Yeah, it's a little overpriced, but how can you set a price on visiting a house that had its building plans dictated by ghosts?
The stairways go nowhere, there are doors built into walls, and nothing there seems to make sense. It's like a haunted funhouse, except you can drink booze!
If you don't mind crowds, go during the Halloween season. They decorate special and they offer lots of late-night ghost hunts!
Very interesting place to visit. Takes over an hour to walk thru. I was listening to podcast called "99% Invisible" before I went to the house. Check it out: Episode 162: Mystery House
They tell actual story so when you go to excursion you know some extra stuff. We bought our tickets for $36 or so and I think "behind the scenes" tour costs $44
They say that the staff is still finding hidden rooms that were built for Mrs. Winchester to disappear into. The building is crazy, and totally disorienting. One minute you think you're walking down a regular hallway, and the next you realize it's actually shrunken down and the door leads nowhere. The Grand Estate Tour is excellent and gives you loads of history about the house and about the Winchester family in general, plus the staff are so helpful and willing to answer any questions you might have.
If you have the time, the grand estate tour is worth it! It was a cool experience!
There are 2 paid tours available. The mansion tour and for a few more dollars, the expanded tour. We took the mansion tour which was advertised as a 1 hour tour through 110 of the 160 rooms. Our tour consisted of about 30 people and took a little more than an hour. I think they try to hype it up as a haunted house a but much. After our tour I did not get the impression of anything supernatural, just a lady, who , for unknown reasons, just kept building on her house. The architecture is very interesting and there are a lot of beautiful details as well as the odd placement of certain structural components the house is famous for. I only wish there was more history available in the tour,
It's outrageously expensive $170 for a family of 5, and that was only for the hour mansion tour, the groups are too big, they try to hard to make it seem haunted when it's just a cool place... the gardens are stunning but there's an extra fee to see those or get the full tour... worth a stop but way to expensive and commercialized for me to visit again... or suggest to anyone they "have" to see this place...
Had a great time, took the Grand Estate Tour. Spooky and fun at the same time. Would love to come back and bring the kids for the nite flashlight tour on Friday the 13th.
Came here a few years back. Historical home with many original pieces. I believe they offer day and nite tours. I would recommend looking up hours of operation :)
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Winchester Mystery House
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