On June 30, 1923, the Winchester Mystery House officially opened its doors for public tours. In anticipation of the impending Centennial Celebration, Winchester Mystery House is announcing a host of exhibitions, programs, and events—including a one-of-a-kind 100th birthday celebration in June 2023—throughout 2022–2023.
On September 5, 2022, exactly 100 years since Sarah Winchester—heiress to the Winchester Repeating Arms fortune—passed away at home in her bizarrely beautiful mansion, Winchester Mystery House will welcome guests to a Celebration of Life for Sarah Winchester. Tours open at 10 a.m. and all ticketed guests will receive a commemorative cabinet card and will be encouraged to leave flowers, cards, photos, and mementos in the front gardens that day. (Note: No open flames are allowed).
In conjunction with the Centennial celebration, Winchester Mystery House has launched Walk with Spirits, an all-new intimate and interactive tour experience focused on spiritualism and paranormal.
Following a two-year hiatus, Winchester Mystery House’s popular immersive Halloween Haunt will return this fall with an entirely new chapter, Unhinged: Nightshade’s Curse.
The Winchester Mystery House Official Souvenir Book, last published over 30 years ago, has been updated in anticipation of the Centennial Celebration. The latest edition highlights Sarah Winchester’s story and her home with historic photography, recent renovations, staff stories and an overview of the influence the Winchester Mystery House has had on pop culture. The new book is available now for purchase in the Gift Shop of Winchester Mystery House and online.
On Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4, Winchester Mystery House will host the 4th Annual Menagerie Holiday Oddities Market. Featuring vendors selling strangely unique collectibles, antiques, and handmade wares—from taxidermy to dark art—the Menagerie Holiday Oddities Market is the San Francisco Bay Area’s official Oddities & Curiosities event. All tour ticket holders that day will be provided access to the event.
The Winchester Mystery House has inspired films, books, and television shows for 100 years. Beginning June 2023, Winchester Mystery House will unveil the Centennial Exhibit that explores the Winchester Mystery House’s effect on pop culture, and will feature original marketing materials, photos, and never-before-seen artifacts curated by the Estate’s historian. Run dates and tickets will be announced at a later date.