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Whaley House Evening Tour

The Most Haunted House in America, The Whaley House. Crossover to the dark side of San Diego history in California’s Oldest Town and let us enchant you with spirited tales of the past.

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As seen on the Travel Channel, SYFY channel and Discovery channel, the Whaley House Museum has been named as one of “America's Most Haunted” houses. Informative guides will share the history and legends of the Whaley Family as well as paranormal experiences.


  • As seen on the Travel Channel, SyFy Channel and Discovery Channel.

  • Be part of the historic legacy, mystery and legends of the Whaley Family, and their myths and misconceptions.

  • Exclusive access to the room where Violet Whaley died after a self-inflicted gunshot.

  • Stand under the location where the gallows were believed to have been constructed and Yankee Jim was hanged.

  • Approximately 30 minutes guided tour through the historic Whaley House and the surrounding grounds.

  • Regale in the tales of the spirits from the past and the paranormal.

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.


Whaley House Evening Tour

Operating Times:

See calendar for available dates and times. Please arrive 20 minutes before your tour, to check in with the sales rep in the Museum Gift Shop (yellow house), located next door to the Whaley House.

Reservation Notes:

Guests must check in with our sales rep at the ticket booth no later than 20 minutes prior to the tour starting. Late check-in may result in forfeited reserved entry. Reservation based tickets are non-refundable. You may reschedule up to 24 hours in advance of tour time. The Night Time tour has a restricted capacity of 20 people in each tour.


30 minutes

Booth Location:

2476 San Diego Ave. San Diego CA

Nearest Intersection:

Intersection of Harney Street and San Diego Ave.


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

Age Requirements:

The Whaley House Night Tour is rated PG-13. Tour is not recommended for children 12 years of age or younger.


Please plan appropriately for the historic attributes of the Whaley House Museum including; stairs and uneven grounds. 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) 330-6577. Service animals welcome.