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San Diego: Haunted Historic Whaley House - Self-Guided Tour

Entry ticket

San Diego: Haunted Historic Whaley House - Self-Guided Tour

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Discover the many lives of Old Town San Diego’s 1857 Whaley House Museum on a self-guided tour. See its historic furnishings and learn about its second to none haunted pedigree.

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Duration 40 minutes
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  • Discover the heritage of America's most haunted house
  • Get an unparalleled peak into early California history
  • See 19th-century furnishings, bedrooms, interiors, and more
  • Hear about past and present paranormal and spiritual encounters
  • Learn about San Diego's first commercial theater and second county courthouse
Full description

Travel back to 1800s San Diego as you explore the family home of Thomas Whaley on a self-guided tour. After a 5-minute introduction, walk through the Whaley House Museum at your own pace and ask the docent in each room any questions you may have.

For those who have an affinity for the paranormal, San Diego’s famed Whaley House is widely regarded as the most haunted house in America. With its rich and dark past, spine-tingling cases of spiritual encounters, and inexplicable events, its haunted pedigree is second to none.

Get a glimpse into the past at a house that’s been viewed as an integral part of Old Town San Diego since 1857. With more than a century in the making, the Whaley House Museum holds an impressive amount of San Diego heritage.

Recognized as the oldest two-story brick-structure south of Monterey California, the Whaley House features magnificent Greek Revival architecture along with an unrivaled historical timeline encompassing San Diego’s second county courthouse, a lively theater, a charming general store, and a prominent family home.

  • Daytime entry to the Whaley House
  • Self-guided tour of the house and grounds

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Meeting point

Please check in at the Verna House Gift Shop, the yellow building to the right of the Whaley House. There is free parking available at Old Town State Park.

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What to bring

  • Camera

Not allowed

  • Food and drinks
  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Unaccompanied minors
  • Video recording

Know before you go

  • Last entry to the museum is at 4:30 PM
  • This tour is rated PG; content might be sensitive for some guests
  • An adult must accompany children 12 years of age and under. The tour may not be suitable for children under 13
  • Keep in mind the historic attributes of the Whaley House Museum, including stairs and uneven grounds
  • Wheelchair access is available only on the first floor; there are no on-site elevators
Customer reviews

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4.1 /5

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I went during the day so there wasn’t much of a spook factor. The guides are great and it more interesting. I would recommend the evening fully guided tour if you want to get the most out of the Whaley House.

February 19, 2023

We had the best time there. My best friend and I adore the paranormal and 10/10 would go again and can’t wait tol

August 14, 2022

July 16, 2022

Product ID: 408439