You Can Visit the Winchester Mystery House for Almost Free While It Is Closed Due to COVID-19
Like many other locations across the country, the Winchesters Mystery House is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of physical tours, the house offers a 40-minute video tour of the property for anyone interested.
The house’s website says it offers free access to the video until April 7, the day the current Shelter in Place order in the Bay Area expires. For those still wanting to visit, the house also offers a ticket voucher that can be redeemed anytime in the future, with no blackout dates or restrictions, so it can keep paying its employees while its doors are closed.
The Winchester Mystery House is a mansion located in San Jose, California. Built in 1884, this hotel is haunted by the ghosts of people killed with Winchester rifles created by the original owner’s widow Sarah Winchester.
The house was continuously under construction from 1884 to 1922, some say it was uninterrupted 24 hours a day, until Sarah Winchester’s death in September 1922. As you can guess, the house has a rather unusual design.
Before the 1906 earthquake, it was seven-story, but now it is only four. The hotel has 1,616 rooms, including 40 bedrooms, 2 ballrooms, 47 fireplaces, two basements and three lifts, and is made from a variety of materials, some more unusual than others.
It’s definitely a weird thing to watch, especially in person, but if you’re looking for a way to kill some time while at home, this might be a fun and weird piece of history.