Winchester Mystery House, San Jose

4 out of 5 stars 19 Reviews

525 South Winchester Boulevard (408) 247-2000

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    Winchster Mystery house.

    by sabe Written Apr 26, 2003

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    Sarah Winchester Winchester Rifle heiress, built this enormous house in 1884. Or rather..she began building it. She never stopped. and according to legend , that is exactly what she wanted. Accoring to some, a psychic had told her to keep building the house to the day she died, to keep the all the spirits from all the people that had been shot dead with Winchester rifles, away! Not that I can see the logic in how a dead guy would care about a house, but I can definately see the beauty in madness. The house is quite amazing!

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  • Winchester Mystery House is...

    by CA_Dude Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Winchester Mystery House is great fun if you are interested/curious about late-era Victorian Style Architecture, or just intrigued by really strange stuff. Tours of the mansion are very entertaining and enjoyable.
    This house is definitely unique. One of a kind. Definitely not another one on this planet!

    This attraction kind of defies the classification categories. :)

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    Winchester Mystery House It's...

    by EllenG Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Winchester Mystery House
    It's One of a kind! Nothing else like it in the world!
    Sarah Winchester, the eccentric heiress to the Winchester Arms fortune, built this Victorian mansion with the intent of baffling the evil spirits that haunted her. Construction lasted throughout her lifetime, only ceasing with her death. The mansion has 160 rooms, 2000 doors, 13 bathrooms, 10,000 windows, 47 fireplaces, blind closets, secret passageways and 40 staircases.

    Guided tours of the mansion last just over an hour. Also on the estate are Winchester Historic Firearms Museum and Winchester Products Museum, which features items produced in the 1920s by a subsidiary of the Winchester Repeat Arms Co. Open daily except Christmas.

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    The Monument of One Lady's madness

    by MJL Written Mar 17, 2011

    I took that Mansion tour which was very interesting. It is a pity that house is almost completely empty. What a sight it would be, if it would stay full of 1900-centrury household items.

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