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Winchester Mystery House Tickets
Explore the Mystery House!
Most people are simply flabbergasted when they tour the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California!
In 1884, a wealthy widow named Sarah L. Winchester began a construction project of such magnitude that it was to occupy the lives of carpenters and craftsmen until her death thirty-eight years later. The Victorian mansion, designed and built by the Winchester Rifle heiress, is filled with so many unexplained oddities, that it has come to be known as the Winchester Mystery House.
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Sarah Winchester built a home that is an architectural marvel. Unlike most homes of its era, this 160-room Victorian mansion had modern heating and sewer systems, gas lights that operated by pressing a button, three working elevators, and 47 fireplaces. From rambling roofs and exquisite hand inlaid parquet floors to the gold and silver chandeliers and Tiffany art glass windows, you will be impressed by the staggering amount of creativity, energy, and expense poured into each and every detail.
Tour through 110 of the 160 rooms and look for the bizarre phenomena that gave the mansion its name; a window built into the floor, staircases leading to nowhere, a chimney that rises four floors, doors that open onto blank walls, and upside down posts! No one has been able to explain the mysteries that exist within the Winchester Mansion, or why Sarah Winchester kept the carpenters' hammers pounding 24 hours a day for 38 years. It is believed that after the untimely deaths of her baby daughter and husband, son of the Winchester Rifle manufacturer, Mrs. Winchester was convinced by a medium that continuous building would appease the evil spirits of those killed by the famous "Gun that Won the West" and help her attain eternal life. Certainly her $20,000,000 inheritance was sufficient to support her obsession until her death at 82!
A tour of the Winchester Mystery House is perfect for School, Church, Senior, Scout, Parks and Recreation, and Fraternal Group Outings- even Birthday Parties. Private Group Tours with reserved tour times, special Group Lunch Menus, and the Group Picnic Gardens are all available for prearranged groups of 15 or more.
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The Winchester Mansion is the perfect setting for meetings, seminars, luncheons, dinners, and receptions. Whether it's a group of 30 or 1,500, our experienced staff will assist you in planning your activity. Contact the Group Sales Department toll-free at 888-780-9415.
Tour includes admission, the self-guided Victorian garden tour, admission to the historic firearms museum, and the antique products museum. Tour does not provide hotel pick-up, and the Winchester Mystery House is in San Jose -- approximately 50 miles from San Francisco. Please order online or call to order or for more information.
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