Whaley House Museum
Whaley House Museum
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Historic SitesMysterious SitesHistory Museums
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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from C$19.34
All you need to step foot in the door.
The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Old Town
How to get there
  • Old Town Transit Center • 7 min walk
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  • Andrya
    5 contributions
    East coaster looking for a scare!
    Bullet was a wonderfully cheeky and knowledgeable tour guide. We enjoyed the many laughs! Being a stones throw away from Salem, MA, things of the spooky sort always spark our interest. Although I wish it was a more spooky experience, the historical portion was still rich with the family's history and the house itself is quite preserved and a sight to see if you crave to view a glimpse from the past. Thank you for the experience!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written March 18, 2023
  • David W
    Centreville, Virginia131 contributions
    Real History Inside!
    This small site has a lot of fascinating San Diego and California history tucked inside. Although a lot of folks come for the ghost stuff, it's worth a visit to explore the home's genuine history. Read the signs to learn about one significant early San Diego family and ask your guides for the real history (our guide, "Bones" was particularly knowledgeable!).
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 1, 2023
  • sean
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina3 contributions
    Paranormal Activity!
    Ghoulie Julie was funny and personable. She gave us a great scare and was really a great guide. I even felt what I thought was a small child’s hand tugging at my belt when I was standing in the butlers pantry looking out at the dining room. Very creepy!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written May 28, 2023
  • Laura W
    10 contributions
    Fabulous tour
    Bullet is an amazing guide! He conveyed the history of the house, area and family in such an entertaining manner with just enough spookiness and loads of humor. The house itself is fascinating, and my husband and I ended up with photos of the same room with very different results. Highly recommended for skeptics, believers, history buffs, and people looking for a great tour!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 3, 2023
  • MPB
    17 contributions
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Jeffrey B
    1 contribution
    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
    Travelled with friends
    Written August 31, 2023
  • Discover715938
    Bassingham, United Kingdom2 contributions
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written September 21, 2023
  • Justin
    160 contributions
    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
    Travelled with friends
    Written January 28, 2024
  • googees
    London, United Kingdom467 contributions
    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
    Travelled with friends
    Written February 13, 2024
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googees
London, UK467 contributions
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, California160 contributions
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, WI34 contributions
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
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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, NV14 contributions
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
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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
Sept 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
1 contribution
Sept 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.

David B
5 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Big Nothing Burger! Nothing to see here - keep going. Thought about the paranormal experience - but they want mega bucks? No way. Nothing to see here. Keep on trucking.
Written August 25, 2023
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Hello, We were sorry to read our tour did not meet your expectations. We offer a satisfaction guarantee located on the customer service page of our website, trolley tours dot com, under the subheading "our guarantee".
Written August 26, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

MPB
17 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
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!
Written July 30, 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.

mlc317
Browns Mills, NJ170 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
Perfect for young and old, each room is at is was long ago. Ghoulie Julie is a fantastic guide. History and paranormal combined.
Written July 21, 2023
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Adrian N
1 contribution
Jul 2023 • Couples
This was def a cool experience! Def got this eerie feeling all throughout the house we went about mid day when I got home my gf noticed a few scratches on my back that were not there prior to this visit I can def say something was with me during that visit. Overall cool experience really enjoyed it !
Written July 13, 2023
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