Winchester Mystery House™ Tours
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The Grand Estate Tour
See it all! The Winchester Grand Estate Tour is a 2+ hour experience that takes guests on a 65-minute guided tour of the Mansion interior, a 45-minute guided tour of the Basement, outbuildings and grounds, and the self-guided Victorian Gardens Tour. The guided Behind-the-Scenes Tour adds another dimension to the mystery which surrounds Sarah Winchester's estate while simultaneously offering both a glimpse at an earlier lifestyle and showing the elegance of a lost but gracious era. For safety concerns children 5 and under are not permitted on the Grand Estate Tour.
Tour Length: Approximately 2 Hours
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!
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Mansion Tour is available year-round.
Tour Length: 1 Hour, 5 Minutes
Behind The Scenes Tour
The guided Behind-the-Scenes Tour adds another dimension to the mystery which surrounds Sarah Winchester's estate while simultaneously offering both a glimpse at an earlier lifestyle a lost but gracious era. The Behind-the-Scenes tour shows much of what made the estate run. Before ie became "Silicon Valley," the Santa Clara Valley was known as the "Valley of Hearts Delight" because of its beautiful fruit orchards and farms. The Winchester estate had over 160 acres of farm and orchard land where prunes, apricots, and walnuts were grown, dried, and then sold at markets under Mrs. Winchester's own label. This unique tour takes guests into areas which were unexplored for over 75 years. Tour stops include the Stables, Fruit Drying Shed, Garage, Greenhouse,and the unfinished Ballroom.. The highlight of the Behind-the-Scenes Tour is a journey down into the basement, which houses the coal burning furnace and an original hydraulic cargo elevator.
Tour Length: 45 Minutes
For Safety Purposes
Children age 5 and under are not permitted on the Behind-the-Scenes Tour. Wheelchair guests are invited to tour the Firearms Museum and gardens as our guests. Unfortunately both guided tours are NOT accessible to wheel chairs or strollers.
Foreign Speaking Guests and Hearing Impaired Guests
Tour transcripts are available to buy in French, Chinese, Vietnamese, German, Japanese and Chinese at our Winchester Gift Shop. For Hearing Impaired Guests tour transcripts are available from your tour guide.
Photography and Videotaping
Photographs and/or videos are strictly prohibited inside the Winchester MysteryHouse™. Due to the number of visitors to our property each day, photography, videos, and filming inside the Winchester Mystery House™ are not permitted. Please help us keep our tours fun, safe, and enjoyable for all guests.
Photographs and videos in the gardens and the grounds outside the Winchester Mystery House™ are permissible for your own personal enjoyment. Any use, distribution or reproduction of the photographs, videos or other images of the Winchester Mystery House™ and the grounds for commercial purposes are strictly prohibited without the prior written consent of Winchester Mystery House, LLC.
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