The Most Haunted House in America, The Whaley House
While the story of the Whaley House’s origins may seem as simple and innocent as any family history, the truth is, many believed this home was destined to be haunted before it was even built. The property was the site of one of the town’s most famous public executions – that of the hanging of the infamous thief James “Yankee Jim” Robinson.
The Whaley House, designated as a museum in 1960, is located in Old Town San Diego, California’s Oldest Town. Designed and built by Thomas Whaley, known to be the first two-story brick-constructed property in California back in 1857, it is a beautiful example of Greek Revival architecture and is furnished with curated historical items and original family owned treasures. The Whaley House also served as San Diego’s first commercial theater, a general store and the second County Courthouse.
Worldwide known as the Most Haunted House in America, it is recognized for its historical significance in Old Town San Diego.
Please plan appropriately for the historic attributes of the Whaley House Museum including stairs and uneven grounds. ADA accessible on the first floor. No elevators on-site. Service dogs allowed.
If you are an individual with a disability and require an auxiliary aid or service to enjoy one of our tours, please contact us at (619) 786-1143.
Where do I start my tour?
2476 San Diego Ave.
What time should I arrive for my tour?
You must check in at the gift shop next to the Whaley House at least 30 minutes prior to your tour. Of course, you are welcome to check in even earlier than that.
Where can I park?
There is free parking available at Old Town State Park. Please plan accordingly.
Is the tour ADA accessible?
Please note that this tour requires going up and down stairs, and traversing over uneven grounds. ADA access on the first floor. 24 hour notice is requested by calling (619) 786-1143.
Approximately how long is the tour?
Is the tour suitable for children?
This tour may not be suitable for children under 13 years of age.
Do you tell true stories or do you make them up?
The stories about The Whaley House have been historically researched. The stories weave together the history and haunted tales from the past associated with this location in Old Town San Diego.
Are cameras allowed on the tour?
Yes! Be sure to ask your tour guides for tips to increase your chances of photographing the supernatural. Please note that video recording is not allowed inside the museum.
Are we going to see a ghost?
Many of our guests have reported unusual experiences in the Whaley House. Remember to bring your camera… you never know what might appear in your photos.
Are food and drinks allowed while on the tour?
Food and drinks are not allowed. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed under any circumstance for the safety and comfort of all of our guests.
Are dogs allowed on your tours?
Service dogs are allowed in the Whaley House museum.