The Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California is a Victorian-style mansion that was built by Sarah Winchester, the wife of firearms magnate William Wirt Winchester, son of the founder of Winchester Repeating Arms [7].

Winchester Mystery House

She started construction on the house in 1884 and continued to work on it until her death in 1922 [1].

The mansion is known for its unusual architectural features, including 160 rooms, 2,000 doors, 10,000 windows, 47 stairways, 13 bathrooms, and six kitchens [1]. It is sometimes claimed to be one of the most haunted places in the world, but there is no evidence to support this belief [3].

Winchester Mystery House - front

The house became a tourist attraction nine months after Sarah Winchester’s death in 1922 and has since drawn international attention [5].

Winchester Mystery House

It is managed by Winchester Investment LLC and is open to the public as a museum, showcasing Sarah Winchester’s beliefs and preoccupations, including warding off malevolent spirits [9].

The Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California is a unique and curious landmark, famous for its unusual architecture and history. Visitors can take a virtual tour to experience its mysterious beauty [10].

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Before Your Visit

  • The tour called “Walk with Spirits” is offered daily and lasts 1 hour and 5 minutes with a price of $41.99 for adults, $34.99 for seniors, and $19.99 for children 5-12 [4].
  • The house has many 13-paned windows and 13-paneled ceilings, as well as 13-step stairways, even the will had 13 parts signed 13 times [5].
  • Visitors need to be able to stand for over 1 hour and walk for more than a mile without getting faint or out of breath, as there is nowhere to sit down during the tour [6].
  • The mansion was originally known as Llanada Villa [7]. Private tours are also available [8].