Sarah Winchester was heir to the Winchester repeating rifle fortune, and she was convinced that the spirits of all those ... More
Winchester Mystery House
Sarah Winchester was heir to the Winchester repeating rifle fortune, and she was convinced that the spirits of all those killed with that gun were haunting her. So she moved from New Haven, Connecticut to San Jose to construct her dream home. To confuse the restless spirits, she constructed one of the oddest houses ever built and kept construction in operation 24 hours a day, 365 days a year until the day of her death. The Victorian-style labyrinth that resulted features a door on the second floor that opens onto thin air, and others that open onto walls and stairs and corridors that lead to dead ends.
The house itself is interesting enough but that's all it is - a house. There's really no mystery apart from how it manages to ever attract any repeat visitors. The entire visit was ruined by me because I couldn't get the thought of "I paid $20 for THIS?" out of my head.
So interesting to see how she kept building all these mysterious (indeed!) rooms...window and doors that lead to nowhere!
Our tour guide was perfect for the part...his facial expressions, especially his eyes! LOL!! Creepy!
I'd be too nervous to do the evening tours..ahh!!!
But, definately worth it!!
We had a party of 4 adults and 3 kids go to the Winchester Mystery house. The tickets were expensive for what we received. We were expecting quite a bit for the price, however were treated to about a one hour tour through a cramped, boring house with poor craftmanship. Yes, there are a lot of rooms (although it didn't seem like we saw 110 rooms as the guide said we would), but came out of the tour feeling cheated. The house is overhyped and the "gardens" are nothing special.
Do not go on the tour if you are overweight, you won't be able to make it through the cramped stairways. Luckily the one heavier person in our group opted to not take the tour, otherwise they would have had to leave before they made it up the first set of stairs.
If you're planing on getting scared then don't go you'll be disappointed. The place isn't spooky. It is a historical landmark and the tour guides are really not allowed to spread too tell many ghost storied on tour. Normally they can only tell the facts concerning Sarah Winchester's life and the house. The tour can be interesting and while one doesn't get to see all 10,000 windows, 2,0000 doors, 52 skylights, 47 fireplaces, 40 bedrooms, 40 staircases, 13 bathrooms, 6 kitchens, 3 elevators and 1 shower one still gets to see a lot.
If one is planning on taking a lot of picture then I'd suggest to be in the very front of the group so you're first in the room and take pictures as the tour guide is talking. I've talked with a few tour guides and most don't mind if you're taking picture while they speak it gets the group through the house faster and they need to get everyone through the house in a little over an hour otherwise others can miss their behind the scene tour
It is over priced, but it is a tourist attraction what place isn't? Since it is overpriced bring water if it is hot and bring it on the tour with you (only water is allowed). Also bring a lunch and make sure it can last in the car or go ask about the places to eat in the area. Also, make sure that you give some extra time for waiting as it can get really busy.
The experience is what you make of it.
the trip was very fast u cant even take pictures
the furniture are not the original ,and the tour was crowded so the rooms will full and u cant see or even take pictures,and the garden is not that beautiful ,the flowers are like those everywhere ,just some from another countries and not that attractive
the house shows the madness of Sara Winshister ,and the strange things weren't that surprising .
during the 50 minute tour i was looking for the exit from the first 15 minute.
If you are coming to visit San Jose you have to come to the Winchester Mystery House. This house is so Awesome. Please read up on it a little bit before you come. Sarah Winchester was a very different little lady and she deffinitly had her quirks as you will see when you go through her house. You will see the Blue room and stairs that leed to no where, but it is all very interesting as to why all of these things are there. I've been there several times and I felt a little sad for the woman who once lived there. This really is something you can't miss.
The Winchester House is a must visit in San Jose. The architectural structure of the house, as well as the oddities of the house, is amazing. I especially loved the "corner dust blockers" made of brass on the corners of each step. The attention to detail is phenomenal. I've gone 5 times, and I still can't find the pillar/post installed upside down on the premises. I'm planning my next trip.
It was interesting but overpriced for a walk through an old house. But when a small carton of milk is $2 in San Jose, you can see why the prices are so high. I would recommend it if you are there. I just want to play a few games of hide and seek in there.
I brought $10.00 and I spent it all on a meal I was expecting to use some of it for the gift shop. I would recommend lowering the prices just a bit, you'll make more money. I also went with my friend and she didn't buy anything because the prices were way to high. Otherwise the whole trip was fine it was great. The small stairs and the stairs that went no where. Thanks for offering this great house to the public and for free at that...
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