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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...

Every Friday the 13th the Winchester Mystery House opens its doors at night for special 55 minute Flashlight Tours. You’ll experience a “chill” as you tour the rambling mansion at night with only the moonlight, a souvenir flashlight, and your imagination to provide illumination through the bewildering maze of rooms, frozen in a state of arrested decay or still resplendent in Victorian grandeur. Accompanied by the dark and possibly the unseen spirits, you will have an unforgettable experience as night transforms Mrs. Winchester’s massive home from an architectural curiosity into a foreboding presence unto itself. This is one open house you’ll never forget.

In 2016 we will celebrate Friday the 13th in the month of May.

Due to the popularity of the Flashlight Tours, we highly recommend you purchase your tickets ahead of time. Tickets for May 13th 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.


Friday the 13th Honorary Bell Ringing Ceremony

In tribute to Mrs. Winchester’s fascination with the number 13, we 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, professional Ultimate Frisbee star Beau Kittredge from the San Jose Spiders, and weather anchor and reporter Roberta Gonzales. In February 2015 we gave our Facebook fans the chance to be our Honorary Bell Ringer by entering our Facebook contest.


Don’t miss the 11th San Jose Orchid Exposition presented by Real Orchid Growers on Friday June 3rd 5:30pm – 9:30pm, Saturday June 4th 9am – 6pm, Sunday June 5th 10a – 5pm. 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 4th and Sunday June 5th 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.

Schedule of Orchid Growing Skills Sessions:
11:00am Orchid Companion Plants (Barsch Tropicals)
12:00pm Hardy Outdoor Growing Orchids (Cal-Orchid)
1:00pm Orchids for the Home and Garden in the San Francisco Bay Area (TBD)
2:00pm Orchids for the Windowsill (Gold Country Orchids)
3:00pm Growing Slipper Orchids (Paph Paradise)
4:00pm Japanese Orchids (Seed Engei)

New Vendor! Cal-West Tropical Supply will be doing ongoing "How to use orchid supplies and build an orchid display from scratch" demonstrations.

Our Annual Pass holders enjoy free admission to the Orchid Exposition and the Orchid growing skill sessions on June 4th & June 5th! (Simply show your Annual Pass and ID at the entrance of the Orchid Expo next to the Café)

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)

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


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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.

According to the provisions of her will, Mrs. Winchester’s personal property was left to her niece, Mrs. Marian Merriman Marriott, who promptly had the mansion's furnishings auctioned off. It is said to have required six trucks working six weeks to cart the furnishings away.