Whaley House Museum45 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 09:30 pm]
- Address: 2476 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110, United States
- Timings: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-6192977511
- Ticket Price: 8 USD
- Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
- Tags: Museums
This 1857 Greek Revival was the home of Thomas Whaley. Built on the site of a graveyard, it is one of the country's most famous haunted houses. It's said the house has been more significantly involved in San Diego's history than any other building in the city, having played a role as a court, store, ballroom, and polling place. Visitors can explore the house in guided tours. The guides are excellent storytellers and really great at creating an atmosphere of dread and mystery, and are dressed as if they were characters from the 19th century.
Whaley House Museum Travel Tips
- Private tours are available after 10pm at request, two weeks reservation in advance.
- Check out the gift shop.
Entrance Ticket Details For Whaley House Museum
Daytime Admission (10am-4:30pm):
- $8 Adults
- $7 Active Duty Military
- $6 Seniors (65 & over)
Children (ages 6-12):
- Evening Admission (5-9:30pm)
- $13 Adults
- $8 Seniors (65 & over)
- Children (ages 6-12)
Whaley House Museum Hours
- Summer (Memorial Day - Labor Day): Last tour at 9:30pm
- Winter (Labour Day - Memorial Day): Last tour at 9:30pm
- School Spring Break Hours: 10am-9:30pm
How to Reach Whaley House Museum
- Buses 8, 9, 10, 28, 30, 35, 44, 84, 88, 105, 150, St George to San Diego, Temporary Substitute Service stop Old Town Station
- Green Line stop Old Town Station
- Drive to here.
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0.53% of people who visit San Diego include Whaley House Museum in their plan
4 PM - 5 PM
54.55% of people start their Whaley House Museum visit around 4 PM - 5 PM
1 Hr 30 Minutes
People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Whaley House Museum
90% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Whaley House Museum
Had a fabulous time, the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable! It's a huge house, with a Courtroom, a General Store, AND a Theater! I mean, come on - where else are you going to find a house like this? The photos of the family even have a haunted quality about them. Loved hearing about the haunted history and some of the history of this family. Bought the book so I can learn more. Got the distinct vibe that I was being watched and followed throughout the house. Highly recommend just for the unique history alone.
It's a good place ..staff is really friendly and knowledgeable. It is a cozy place nonetheless. It is quite unique and authentic . you can actually explore the whole place in half an hour . unless you are familiar with the history of the house or its occupants..you might not find it interesting
I was under the impression that the house was a lot bigger than it actually is. I'm not sure why. Other than that the house is pretty neat. The docent at the entrance of the house acted like we hadn't bought tickets and was trying to get us to go back to the ticket booth. She didn't even ask if we had tickets, even though I had them in my hand. I know it's supposed to be a self-guided tour, but I feel like there wasn't a lot of information posted about the houses history. Fortunately I have already heard the history my listening to a podcast called "And That's Why We Drink." If I hadn't I would have been pretty confused, or had just thought it was another old western Museum.
The Whaley house is a San Diego staple that everyone should visit, locals and visitors alike. The guides are very knowledgable, friendly and entertaining. I find the night tours to be the most fun. They are open until 9:30 so you can go on tours at night. Parking can be difficult in the area so be patient and expect to pay if you want to park nearby. One side note: if you have a hard time with stairs this may be tough. The house is two stories and half of the tour(and most interesting part in my book) is up a narrow, steep staircase. You could still go on the tour but you'll be missing half, the money wouldn't be worth it to me if I could go upstairs. One last thing, take a TON of pictures! Even if you don't think anything is there, pictures can catch what the naked eye doesn't. This is named the "most haunted house in America" for a reason. Maybe you'll bring home some cool/chilling pictures you'll be able to share with family and friends.
The history about the Whaley place is so interesting and the staff ate very engaging about it and so knowledgeable. You can tell they love their job and are so excited sharing what they know with the patrons. They encourage you taking pictures and asking questions not only about the house but the time period.