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ORCHID EXPOSITION

Don’t miss the 10th San Jose Orchid Exposition presented by Real Orchid Growers on Friday June 5th 5:30pm – 9:30pm, Saturday June 6th 9am – 6pm, Sunday June 7th 10am – 5pm. Our Annual Pass holders enjoy free admission to the Orchid Exposition and the Orchid growing skill sessions on the 6th & 7th! (Simply show your Annual Pass and ID at the entrance of the Orchid Expo next to the Café)

Gaze upon rare and exotic Orchids and purchase from some of the finest Orchid growers in the world!

Special Orchid displays will also be featured throughout the Winchester Mystery House for those who wish to take the Mansion Tour.

Beginning Orchid growing sessions will be offered on Saturday June 6th and Sunday June 7th by World Class Orchid Growers in our Greenhouse. Come and learn how to grow orchids successfully for your growing conditions. Each skill session features a full presentation and question & answer session.

Our tasting place “Winchester Estate Wines and Spirits” will open its doors and offer Wine and Beer Tastings throughout the Orchid Exposition. Each Tasting includes a flight of 5 Wines or Beers. (Must be 21+ to consume alcohol, a valid ID will be necessary to participate)

Show Website: www.RealOrchidGrowers.com

A portion of the show proceeds benefit the www.OrchidConservationAlliance.org, protecting rare orchid habitats.

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FLASHLIGHT TOURS

Tickets for November Friday the 13th and selected dates in October are on sale now!

Since her death, millions of people have visited her home and many report the sightings of ghosts. Was the house built solely as a monument to the dead or do the phantoms Sarah communed with in life, or perhaps Sarah herself, still lurk nightly in the maze-like corridors of the Winchester Mystery House™?

The tradition of Sarah Winchester’s bizarre legacy continues...

Tickets for special events are available in advance online.
Special 55 minute Flashlight Tours of the Winchester Mansion are given every Friday the 13th and on select evenings in October. You'll tour the rambling, mysterious mansion at night with only the moonlight, a souvenir flashlight, and your imagination to provide illumination through the bewildering maze of rooms and stairways. But watch your back, Sarah could be waiting around any turn. This is one open house you’ll never forget.

With admission, also enjoy extra entertainment on the estate from awe-inspiring magicians, to balloon artists, to caricature illustrators! Entertainment varies per evening, all entertainment is included in the cost of your ticket - limited availability, first come, first served on items such as caricature art.

In 2015 we will celebrate Friday the 13th in the months of February, March, and November.

Due to the popularity of the Flashlight Tours, we highly recommend you purchase your tickets ahead of time. Tickets for November 13th and selected dates in October are on sale now! This event WILL sell out and when it does, tickets will not be available at the Box Office on the night of the event.

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Friday the 13th Honorary Bell Ringing Ceremony

In tribute to Mrs. Winchester’s fascination with the number 13, celebrity Bell Ringers sound the old tower bell 13 times at 1300 hours (1:00pm) every Friday the 13th. Past Honorary Bell Ringers have included Dan Boyle from the SJ Sharks, Bela Karoyli and Shannon Miller of Olympic gymnastics fame, KRTY's morning hosts Gary Scott Thomas & Julie Stevens, and professional Ultimate Frisbee star Beau Kittredge from the San Jose Spiders. In February 2015 we gave our Facebook fans the chance to be our Honorary Bell Ringer by entering our Facebook contest.

Roberta Gonzales - Our Honorary Bell Ringer in March 2015!

On March 13th five-time Emmy award-winning Roberta Gonzales rang the bell of the Winchester Mystery House 13 times at 1300 hours. Roberta Gonzales is the early morning and noon weather anchor and mobile weather reporter at CBS 5 and KCBS Radio. She is also the host of her own weekly segment “Where’s Roberta” on CBS 5 which features people and highlights communities and events in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas. For more information about Roberta Gonzales click HERE.



SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS TOURS

Come celebrate the Victorian “Spirit of Christmas” at Sarah Winchester’s glorious mansion, beautifully decorated for the holidays. Enjoy dozens of trees & wreaths and over a thousand feet of garland gracing the fireplaces and stairways. The festive glow of 100,000 sparkling lights and the sounds of Christmas Music and Carolers warmly welcome you and filling the air and your heart.

Our traditional year-round 65-minute daytime tours of Mrs. Winchester’s 160-room mansion are offered daily from 9am-5pm and will have a touch of Christmas Spirit throughout!

Don’t miss our special holiday evening tours! Join our guided 50-minute “Spirit of Christmas Tours” through the festive Mansion and learn about the history of a Victorian Christmas at the mysterious Mansion along with the more philanthropic side of Mrs. Winchester, while the festive sights and sounds set you in the mood for the season. This is the perfect place to start a wonderful holiday tradition for the whole family. Our special holiday tours start at 5:20pm and are offered on selected evenings in December

More Fun Activities:
  • Santa Claus
  • Christmas Carolers
  • Victorian Characters
  • Family Christmas Photos
  • Hot Cider to warm you up

Don’t forget to stop in our Gift Shop for ornaments and gifts you won’t find anywhere else, such as vintage toys, Western items, jewelry and decorative glassware.



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Wander through 110 of the 160 rooms of this Victorian mansion, designed and built by the Winchester Rifle heiress. Tour the estate daily. Keep up to date on all the happenings, worldly and otherwise, only with the exclusive "13th Hour" newsletter.
AMAZING FACTS

Until the 1930's, the thirty-five-foot water tower on the grounds supported a 10,000 gallon storage tank – the main water supply for the estate. The elaborate water drainage system is still in use today. Miles of drainpipe run through the house into several collection basins. Then the water is carried to several cisterns around the house.