The Winchester Mystery House was previously the home of Sarah Lockwood Pardee Winchester, the widow of William Wirt Winchester and heiress to a substantial share of the Winchester Repeating Arms empire. Sarah relocated from New Haven, Connecticut, to San Jose, California, shortly after her husband’s passing. There, she purchased an eight-room farmhouse and began the world’s longest home renovation, which lasted until Sarah’s death on September 5, 1922.


Mrs. Winchester, who was haunted by the ghosts of Winchester rifle victims, designed the Victorian mansion with many strange and intriguing elements. The initial eight-room farmhouse expanded into the world’s most remarkable and expansive home from 1886 to 1922. The Winchester Mystery House was built at a cost of $5 million in 1923, or $71 million in today’s currencies.

The Winchester Mystery House has been open to the public since 1923 and offers daily guided tours of the 160-room Victorian home. Now offering 2 tours daily, the Mansion Tour and the Walk with Spirits Tour, in addition to a popular Halloween Tour in the fall. For Axe Throwing, Group Tour Rates, Special Event Rentals, and Weddings.


Since the doors opened on June 30, 1923, over 12 million visitors have been enticed to the Winchester Mystery House by these and other mysteries.

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  • 24,000 square feet
  • 160 rooms 
  • 2,000 doors 
  • 10,000 windows
  • 47 stairways, and fireplaces
  • 13 baths
  • 52 skylights
  • 17 chimneys
  • 6 kitchens


  • Daily: Mansion and Garden Tour and the Walk with Spirits Tour
  • Fall: Halloween Tour 
  • Video Access Tour

The Winchester Mystery also offers an Axe Throwing at the Stables activity.

Event Booking Rentals

  • Birthdays
  • Weddings
  • Anniversaries
  • Youth Trips 
  • Team Building and Group Tours
  • Corporate events
  • Holiday Party
  • Special events


  • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on weekdays 
  • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on weekends
  • Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day


Complimentary; Parking spaces are in the front lot.
The Santana Row facilities across the street provide overflow parking.

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Winchester Mystery House

525 S Winchester Blvd, San Jose, CA 95128, United States
Phone: 408-247-2000
Get on I-280 S from Moorpark Ave
7 min (2.5 mi)
Take CA-87/Guadalupe Pkwy to Blossom Hill Rd. Take exit 4 from CA-85 S
8 min (7.4 mi)

Drive to your destination – Silicon Valley Dental Center 2 min (0.7 mi)