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The Whaley House Museum 1

Whaley House tickets

Gate Prices Adult $8.00
Child (3-12) $6.00

The world-famous Whaley House is said to be the most haunted house in America. After touring what the San Diego Herald once called the 'finest new brick block in Southern California,' relax in Victorian gardens, beneath the pepper trees planted by Whaley Family members nearly 150 years ago.

This two-story Greek Revival-style mansion was designed by San Diego pioneer Thomas Whaley and completed in 1857. Between 1868 and 1872, various rooms in the Whaley House were used as a general store, San Diego's first commercial theater, and the San Diego County Courthouse. The Whaley family members lived in the house for nearly a century.

The building and grounds of the Whaley House are operated by Save Our Heritage Organisation. San Diego's historic preservation organization is currently in the process of restoring the museum's complex, now a part of the San Diego County Park system.

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Getting In

Present your pass at the Museum Shop at the Whaley House Complex. The Go San Deigo Card is accepted until 5:00pm.

Hours

Daily, 10:00 am. Go San Diego Card is available until 5:30 pm.

Closings

Wednesdays (except during summer). May be closed major U.S. holidays.

Address

2476 San Diego Avenue
San Diego, CA 92110

Driving Directions

Exit Old Town Avenue toward the east, turn left on San Diego Avenue. House is located at the corner of San Diego Avenue and Harney Street. From I- 8: Exit Taylor Street, turn right onto Taylor Street. Turn left onto Juan Street. Turn right onto Harney Street. House is located at the corner of San Diego Avenue and Harney Street.
 

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[ 1 of 1 customers found this review helpful ]

Enjoyable haunted house
By Mountain Mama Verified Reviewer from Williamstown, MA on
Pros:
Docents Very Knowledgable, Helpful guide booklet, Flexible Schedule
Best Uses:
General Sightseeing , Great for families, Culture enthusiasts
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations The Whaley House Museum:

You can choose the self-guided option or attend the guided tour at 5 or 5:30. We opted for the self-guided tour as we arrived at 3 and didn't want to wait. Our children are 10, 17, and 19 years old. The older children enjoyed the guide printout; our 10 year old was slightly bored (we did stay about an hour and you could easily visit in half that time). Everyone enjoyed talking to the docents dressed in period costumes. The binder with pictures of ghostly visitors is not to be missed (in the General Store). If you can time it to visit with the guided tour that is probably the best option, but if not, the self guided tour is quite enjoyable.

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[ 1 of 1 customers found this review helpful ]

Spooky and yet fun!
By Fun Mom from San Diego,CA on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations The Whaley House Museum:

I have been living in San Diego for more than 20 years and never knew this place excisted before my 9 year old boy told me about it and wanted to visit. We went as a family and had a great time. It was at night and we had a guided tour with a guide dressed up appropriate for the time. We didn't see or hear any ghosts but we all know they are there. We learned a lot of history and fun stories. Both my 6 and 9 year old liked it a lot and didn't feel it was scarry even if it's the most haunted house in America.

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[ 9 of 10 customers found this review helpful ]

Not Young Child Friendly
By TravelingFamily Verified Reviewer from Portland, OR on
Pros:
Interesting facts
Cons:
Not kid friendly
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations The Whaley House Museum:

This was an interesting place to visit, but the tour was "self guided" meaning they gave you a piece of paper that you had to read. Our young children wanted to touch things and so we had to carry them through out. We recommend you skip this if you have any children under the age of 12 as it was pretty boring for them.

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