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Whaley House Daytime Tour

Learn the history behind the mystery of San Diego's legendary Whaley House.

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A central pillar amongst the Old Town community, the legendary Whaley House is widely regarded as one of the most iconic San Diego attractions. Take a self-guided, self-paced museum tour of this living history experience and exhibit rooms.


  • Among the historic house rooms, the tour features the Courtroom, General Store, Whaley Family Legacy room, San Diego State University Archaeological Dig room as well as the Theatre room that includes a brief vaudeville style show.

  • Self-paced tour through the house history and lore.

  • See and hear the history that makes the property a unique visit.

  • Discover what many believe to be America's Most Haunted House!

  • Get an unparalleled peek into early California history.

Viewed as an integral part of Old Town San Diego since 1857, the Whaley House offers you a glimpse into the past. With more than a century in the making, the Whaley House holds an impressive amount of San Diego heritage, from the time of old west prospectors to the flourishing of Old Town as the heart of California.

Recognized as the oldest two-story brick-structure south of Monterey California, the Whaley House features magnificent Greek Revival architecture along with an unrivaled historical timeline encompassing San Diego’s second County courthouse, a lively theatre, a charming general store, and a prominent family home.

"Learn the history behind the mystery of San Diego's legendary Whaley House"


Whaley House Daytime Tour

Operating Times:

Open daily: Monday - Sunday: 10:00am- 4:30pm.

Reservation Notes:

After a brief welcome and introduction, the tour is self-guided, self-paced with interpretation panels throughout the historic house. The second-floor guide will also welcome and give a brief introduction and answer questions of the upstairs house quarters.
Reservations are NOT needed or accepted. Tickets can be used on any operating day within 12 months of the purchase date.


self guided

Booth Location:

2476 San Diego Ave. San Diego CA 92110

Nearest Intersection:

Intersection of Harney St and San Diego Ave.


There is free parking available at Old Town State Park. Please plan accordingly.

Age Requirements:

The Whaley House Day Tour is rated PG. An adult must accompany children 12 years of age and under. Tour may not be suitable for children under 13. Content might be sensitive for some guests.


Please plan appropriately for the historic attributes of the Whaley House including; stairs and uneven grounds. Wheelchair access available only on the first floor, no elevators on-site. Assistance animals, such as seeing-eye dogs, are the only service animals allowed.