Whaley House Museum
Whaley House Museum
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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
About
One of the most historic buildings in Old Town San Diego, the Whaley House was built in 1857 by Thomas Whaley, a San Diego pioneer, as his family home. Over the course of history the Whaley House has served as a general store, county courthouse and theater. It has been said that the Whaley House has “witnessed more history than any other building in the city.”
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Neighborhood: Old Town
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  • Old Town Transit Center • 7 min walk
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  • MPB
    22 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Short visit, but still interesting
    We went at around 3pm and were done around 3:25pm. It's definitely an interesting place, but not a big time spender. We had a brief tour that lasted about 5-8 minutes and then had free roam of the house to walk around and look at everything. Not a bad museum, but not a ton there. We did not do any of the other offered tours, so those might be a good option if you are looking for more. Ryan and Shane from Watcher did an episode on this place, so we were excited to see it!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Jeffrey B
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I saw a sighting
    We had a short 20 minute guided tour. In one room where item are on a shelf, the woman guide said many people see strange things in the room. I saw a stuffed dolls eyes turn to me momentarily, then turn back. I mentioned it to the guide and she said many people saw the same thing.
    Wow, that is truly chilling! We love reading about our guests' experiences, and it sounds like you had an experience of a different kind! Thank you for sharing!
    Written September 7, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 31, 2023
  • Discover715938
    Bassingham, United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Paranormal experience
    We were hoping for something paranormal and weren't disappointed! My family of four were the first in the group to go upstairs in the Whaley House. Myself and my son and daughter all heard a child laughing (nobody else upstairs) and my daughter heard footsteps walking in the room with the theatre. Thank you Shep for a great tour - we were too British to acknowlege that we all heard the activity upstairs! Also one of the portrais downstairs looked like it was winking -could have been my imagination though :)
    Wow, it sounds like you had a great experience in there! We love reading about our guests' experiences, and our CAST also enjoys knowing that they made your trip memorable. Thank you for taking the time to write this. We hope to see you again next time you visit one of our destinations. We also offer paranormal investigations in Savanna, GA, and at the notoriously haunted Old Jail in Saint Augustine, FL.
    Written September 22, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 21, 2023
  • Justin
    173 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spooky night tour
    This is the second time I've been here but the first time doing the night tour. We had Nick who was really cool. He's more into the investigative side of things instead of the history. You get full access to the building without restriction, he explains what to do and how to use the equipment. Then, its go time! We were just 5 people, and we totally had some weird things happen to us! Completely in the dark, no lights except our phones. Would totally do it again.
    We're so happy to hear that you had such a great time! Thank you for sharing your experience here. Come and visit us again!
    Written February 15, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 28, 2024
  • googees
    London, United Kingdom540 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely fantastic late night paranormal investigation
    When my friend first said “do you fancy going on a late night paranormal investigation at the ‘Most Haunted House in America’, I immediately said “er, I wouldn’t have thought so”. But, in the end, guilt made me say “ok, I’ll do it”. For the first 45 minutes, I wished I’d stuck to my guns, but within an hour, I was absolutely LOVING it. Nick, our guide, was absolutely fantastic. He was honest, transparent (not like a ghost, but just very upfront about things). He gave us some background on the house, showed us how to use the ghost detecting equipment, took us into the house, and let us loose. I’m not going to go too into detail, but I will say this; any scepticism I had about spirits/the paranormal prior to the investigation has now been erased. Things happened, I saw things with my own eyes, experienced things with my own hands, and honestly, will never be a doubter again. The two best pieces of kit I used were the dowsing rods, and the Ovilus. Both threw up things that can’t be faked or staged, and I’m a new believer!
    We're so happy to hear you had a great time! Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience. I'm sure Nick also loves seeing his name on here. We hope you'll come back for more next time you're in one of our other destinations.
    Written February 15, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 13, 2024
  • Angela3950
    Eureka, California1,407 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I ain’t ‘fraid of no ghosts
    When skeptics like us, go to a haunted residence (we’ve been to a few), you try to get in the ‘spirit’ of the experience and play along. The grounds were well maintained, full of old buildings, moved there from other places. The docent, Hunny, was funny and serious, in the proper mix. Rooms in the house are decorated with actual items from the family and got you in the mood of the era. Probably more fun for actual ghost hunters but still glad we went to see it.
    We're delighted to hear that you had a wonderful time in our museum. Your feedback means a lot to us, and we appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future!
    Written April 24, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 22, 2024
  • MarcfromQuebec
    Montreal, Canada3 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Save your money
    Just a plain old house. The tour explains the lifes of those who lived there without any mention of what type of panarormal activities have been reported and what the interest of this house is from this perspective. Disappointing. Would wished we would have not gone. Also, the San Diego all-inclusive does not include the night tour. We feel we waisted our money. The guide also made a point to remind us at the end he expected a tip. We simply left. Marc and Suzanne, Montreal Canada
    We were sorry to read our tour did not meet your expectations. We stand behind our efforts with a Satisfaction Guarantee. You can read about it by selecting, "100% Satisfaction Guarantee" on our website, trolley tours dot com. Or, go directly to trolley tours dot com/guarantee.
    Written May 15, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 14, 2024
  • Gemma Z
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great
    Tour guide was nice and informative. Ghoulie julie. Went in store room immediately heard loud footsteps running upstairs(very loud) . We could hear a woman talking to someone also. Didnt like the living room part , my throat started to feel pressure and tighten up. Over all very good experience.
    We're glad you had a great investigation! Thank you for the review!
    Written May 17, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 16, 2024
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Kelly H
Stuart, FL295 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We are not paranormal people but we love history. The house is nice & a lot of the antiques in the house were donated by the WHALEY family. One interesting fact is that the archway in the parlor is the former execution site, where 3 people are documented to have been executed under the state of CA.
You can only enter the parlor on the tours after 5 PM.
The second floor has the original wood flooring supposedly.
Our guide was entertaining & great.
Depends on what you like, but for $23 per person, I would skip it.
Written May 25, 2024
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Oh no! Seems like you didn't quite have the fantastic 5-star experience we strive to offer our guests. If you'd like to contact us directly at guestrelations@historictours.com we would like to hear how can we improve.
Written May 26, 2024
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Gemma Z
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Tour guide was nice and informative. Ghoulie julie. Went in store room immediately heard loud footsteps running upstairs(very loud) . We could hear a woman talking to someone also. Didnt like the living room part , my throat started to feel pressure and tighten up. Over all very good experience.
Written May 16, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
We're glad you had a great investigation! Thank you for the review!
Written May 17, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

MarcfromQuebec
Montreal, Canada3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Just a plain old house. The tour explains the lifes of those who lived there without any mention of what type of panarormal activities have been reported and what the interest of this house is from this perspective. Disappointing. Would wished we would have not gone. Also, the San Diego all-inclusive does not include the night tour. We feel we waisted our money. The guide also made a point to remind us at the end he expected a tip. We simply left. Marc and Suzanne, Montreal Canada
Written May 14, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
We were sorry to read our tour did not meet your expectations. We stand behind our efforts with a Satisfaction Guarantee. You can read about it by selecting, "100% Satisfaction Guarantee" on our website, trolley tours dot com. Or, go directly to trolley tours dot com/guarantee.
Written May 15, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Angela3950
Eureka, CA1,407 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
When skeptics like us, go to a haunted residence (we’ve been to a few), you try to get in the ‘spirit’ of the experience and play along. The grounds were well maintained, full of old buildings, moved there from other places. The docent, Hunny, was funny and serious, in the proper mix. Rooms in the house are decorated with actual items from the family and got you in the mood of the era. Probably more fun for actual ghost hunters but still glad we went to see it.
Written April 23, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
We're delighted to hear that you had a wonderful time in our museum. Your feedback means a lot to us, and we appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future!
Written April 24, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

googees
London, UK540 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
When my friend first said “do you fancy going on a late night paranormal investigation at the ‘Most Haunted House in America’, I immediately said “er, I wouldn’t have thought so”. But, in the end, guilt made me say “ok, I’ll do it”. For the first 45 minutes, I wished I’d stuck to my guns, but within an hour, I was absolutely LOVING it.
Nick, our guide, was absolutely fantastic. He was honest, transparent (not like a ghost, but just very upfront about things). He gave us some background on the house, showed us how to use the ghost detecting equipment, took us into the house, and let us loose. I’m not going to go too into detail, but I will say this; any scepticism I had about spirits/the paranormal prior to the investigation has now been erased. Things happened, I saw things with my own eyes, experienced things with my own hands, and honestly, will never be a doubter again.
The two best pieces of kit I used were the dowsing rods, and the Ovilus. Both threw up things that can’t be faked or staged, and I’m a new believer!
Written February 13, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
We're so happy to hear you had a great time! Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience. I'm sure Nick also loves seeing his name on here. We hope you'll come back for more next time you're in one of our other destinations.
Written February 15, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Justin
Santa Barbara, California173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
This is the second time I've been here but the first time doing the night tour. We had Nick who was really cool. He's more into the investigative side of things instead of the history. You get full access to the building without restriction, he explains what to do and how to use the equipment. Then, its go time! We were just 5 people, and we totally had some weird things happen to us! Completely in the dark, no lights except our phones. Would totally do it again.
Written January 28, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
We're so happy to hear that you had such a great time! Thank you for sharing your experience here. Come and visit us again!
Written February 15, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Mrsmom_12
Muskego, WI32 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
What a very over priced expensive disappointment. I was excited to check this place out from other reviews. After doing this tour I can honestly say that this place is ridiculous. It’s a tiny old building from the 1800’s. If you have allergies beware. My allergies were going nuts. Had to use my inhaler after five minutes inside. Not sure if it was the dust or dander or mice droppings. The tour was lackluster. Nothing even remotely scary going on here. Seriously, SAVE your money.
Written January 20, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hello, We were sorry that our tour did not meet your expectations. You can read about our satisfaction guarantee by selecting, "100% Satisfaction Guarantee" on our website, trolley tours dot com. Or, go directly to trolley tours dot com/guarantee.
Written January 20, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Musings8
Las Vegas, NV15 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Did the night tour. Overly dramatic with very little substance. Don’t waste your money. You’ll get more from simply reading info on Google. I’ve been on several tours of haunted locations, and this one was a total waste of money.
Written November 24, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hello Musings, We were sorry to read you are dissatisfied with our tour. We stand behind our efforts with a Satisfaction Guarantee. You can read about it by selecting, "100% Satisfaction Guarantee" on our website, trolley tours dot com. Or, go directly to trolley tours dot com/guarantee. We hope you will try us again in one of our other services in the future.
Written November 25, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Discover715938
Bassingham, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
We were hoping for something paranormal and weren't disappointed! My family of four were the first in the group to go upstairs in the Whaley House. Myself and my son and daughter all heard a child laughing (nobody else upstairs) and my daughter heard footsteps walking in the room with the theatre. Thank you Shep for a great tour - we were too British to acknowlege that we all heard the activity upstairs! Also one of the portrais downstairs looked like it was winking -could have been my imagination though :)
Written September 21, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Wow, it sounds like you had a great experience in there! We love reading about our guests' experiences, and our CAST also enjoys knowing that they made your trip memorable. Thank you for taking the time to write this. We hope to see you again next time you visit one of our destinations. We also offer paranormal investigations in Savanna, GA, and at the notoriously haunted Old Jail in Saint Augustine, FL.
Written September 22, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jeffrey B
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Friends
We had a short 20 minute guided tour. In one room where item are on a shelf, the woman guide said many people see strange things in the room. I saw a stuffed dolls eyes turn to me momentarily, then turn back. I mentioned it to the guide and she said many people saw the same thing.
Written August 31, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Wow, that is truly chilling! We love reading about our guests' experiences, and it sounds like you had an experience of a different kind! Thank you for sharing!
Written September 7, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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