Winchester Mystery House

Top 1% of attractions in San Jose
8 / 10

6 expert reviews

“A peculiar mansion built by the troubled heir to the Winchester gun fortune. ”

– Atlas Obscura

Concierge Concierge
"This fantastical Victorian mansion could be the creation of Dr. Seuss. It includes 47 fireplaces and 17 chimneys, not to mention staircases that lead nowhere and doorways opening onto sheer drops. "
Michelin Guide Michelin Guide
1 Star
"This strange, rambling 160-room Victorian hodgepodge is the creation of Sarah Winchester, widow of rifle magnate William Wirt Winchester." Full review
Where Where
"A mansion full of inexplicable oddities. Stairs that lead to the ceiling, decor done in multiples of 13 and doors that open to nowhere are just a few of the spooky architectural surprises." Full review
Time Out Time Out
"The Bay Area’s most famous haunted home, the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, was once the largest private residence in the United States." Full review
U.S. News & World Report U.S. News & World Report
"Across the street from hip Santana Row, the Winchester Mystery House is both a piece of San Jose history and, according to some, a tourist trap." Full review