The Whaley House

The Whaley House, in Old TownSan Diego, is reputed to be among the most haunted houses in the country. With such a full and colorful history stretching back over 200 years, it is little wonder that San Diego has a reputation for being haunted!

According to the Travel Channel’s America’s Most Haunted, the house is the number one most haunted house in the United States. The alleged hauntings have been reported on numerous other television programs and been written up in countless publications and books since the house first opened as a museum in 1960. Although it cannot be positively stated that the Whaley House is really haunted, the voluminous documentation of paranormal occurrences at the site makes a compelling case. But, if there are ghosts at the Whaley House, who are they and why are they here?

People say that the departed love San Diego so much that they simply don’t want to leave! People report seeing ghostly figures, and feeling cool puffs of air on the back of their necks. Some even hearing low voices that seem to be calling out to them. So, if you’re brave or, just curious, take a trip to The Whaley House Museum for an experience you will never forget.

Whaley House Museum
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Steven Grimes
Steven Grimes
17:34 14 Aug 20
I had the pleasure of going to the Whaley house 2 years before any mention of a pandemic would change the way we travel... and partake in these kinds of events. The history was fantastic with the backdrop of old town San Diego. I personally did not have any ghostly experiences, the idea that one could potentially occur left a sense of anticipation the entire tour. In that regard the tour had an element of fun to it. If you are walking down the streets of Old Town, you owe it to yourself to check out this piece of history.read more
sara.sweets564
sara.sweets564
04:00 30 Jul 20
I loved this tour. We got lucky because there wasn’t anyone else going on a tour other than us at the time. I... didn’t feel like the house was extremely haunted at the time, but I think that also has to do with the fact that when we went on the tour it was daytime. However, I always had an eerie feeling while walking through the house, especially in the dining room with the red table. The tour was very interesting and informative.read more
Brittany S
Brittany S
14:17 10 Mar 20
It was a very nice historic home and the guides inside of the building were very helpful especially the guide in the... courthouse. I wish I had taken more pictures, but one thing that I was told by one of the guys was that the house itself was original but a lot of the furniture and carpet was replaced!read more
Emily Sandness
Emily Sandness
02:48 02 Mar 20
I didn't get any haunted vibes when I visited by myself. I tried to go at a slow time, but there were too many people... around me to feel the aura place. I couldn't sense any presence or anyone either. It just felt like an old house. I took many photos, sadly none of them had "glowing orbs" I've heard about.As a museum, it's neat. Lots of history and historical furniture/decor. You pay admission at the building to the right and you get a printed copy of the history of the place. The employees working there were awesome. I talked to them a bit and some of them have had hauntings while working there.Maybe I'll try again next time I'm in San Diego. Otherwise, I would recommend this place to those who are interested in historical things.read more
Andrew Syiek - PhotoArtShowcase
Andrew Syiek - PhotoArtShowcase
21:01 01 Feb 20
Incredibly rich in history and folklore, considered by some as the most haunted house in America, the Whaley House... Museum is an intriguing and original prized possession of Old Town San Diego, certainly worth the tour.Once considered the finest mansion in southern California, the two-story Greek Revival Whaley House was built in 1857, serving throughout history in various capacities; evolving from a general store, purveyor of liquor, stoves, clothing, groceries and dry goods to a courthouse and theater into the current museum today, opened in 1960.read more
James Morgan
James Morgan
22:25 25 Jan 20
A must visit place when visiting Old Town. Reputedly haunted, one of the 4 places in San Diego that are. All the... docents are dressed in period clothing and are very knowledgeable about the history of the Whaley House. Inside it is fixed up like the old days. Also a very old cemetery next to it.read more
Shawnda LV
Shawnda LV
23:55 21 Jan 20
Had an awesome private tour. Our tour guides were so knowledgeable and had a great respect for the home and it's... history, which made it even more interesting. Thank you so much for accommodating us last minute... You all rock! We'll definitely be planning a trip back!read more
Boyd Wilkie
Boyd Wilkie
07:38 11 Jan 20
Quick place to go. The people upfront will tell you the haunting. If you have a San Diego go pass, it's only good... during daytime hours. It's a quick history visit, and worth $10 dollars.read more
Liseli Martin
Liseli Martin
15:14 14 Dec 19
This little museum is so fun and a little spooky. You get tickets at the store next door and there are guides in the... house that can direct you where to go. There is a print out of the story of the house. They have a break in the middle of the day for an hour or 2 so just keep that in mind when planning your day. There are a few floors - quite a few stairs - there's a cellar, main floor and upstairs (if you are with older adults or younger children) but it's really fun. The people who work here are very knowledgeable and are more than happy to answer any questionsread more
Dana Fritz
Dana Fritz
22:08 04 Dec 19
The Whaley House Museum is an interesting little spot to visit and not too expensive. I heard that it was one of the... most haunted houses in America and decided to see it for myself. While I didn’t actually see anything paranormal with my own eyes, I did catch some weird anomalies on camera and there is definitely a creepy vibe in here with unexplainable cold spots throughout the house. Paranormal activity aside, there is a lot of history to see and learn about here in the museum including the courthouse and theater.read more
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