Whaley House at night

The first of its kind and finest home in Southern California

A central pillar amongst the Old Town community, the legendary Whaley House is widely regarded as one of the most iconic San Diego attractions.



Outside of the haunted Whaley House in Old Town San Diego.

Day Tour

Step back in time and enjoy a self-guided tour through the iconic Whaley House. Learn all about the integral role the famed house played in Old Town San Diego’s rich history.

Close-up of a Whaley House gaslamp outside the house.

Evening Tour

San Diego’s famed Whaley House is widely regarded as America’s Most Haunted House. This spooky evening tour explores the home’s dark past and spine-tingling cases of inexplicable events.


On May 6, 1856, Thomas Whaley began construction on his new home and proclaimed “My new house, when completed, will be the handsomest, most comfortable and convenient place in town or within 150 miles of here.” The two-story Greek Revival house was designed by Thomas Whaley and made from bricks created in Whaley’s very own brickyard on Conde Street.

Plan Your Day Tour

Enjoy a self-paced tour through the interior and surrounding grounds of the Whaley House.

Open Daily:
10 am – 4:30 pm.

Walkthrough at your own pace after a 5-minute introduction. A self-guided tour of the Whaley House and grounds averages 30-40 minutes.

Reservations are not required for daytime tours.

Haunted room with desk in the Whaley House in San Diego.


From its rich Greek Revival architecture style and authentic decor to its mysterious and chilling past, it’s no wonder why this home attracts visitors from all over the world. Journey through the famed Whaley House and learn all about its illustrious past.

Guests experiencing the Whaley House court house.


Besides being the Whaley Family home, it also served as San Diego’s first commercial theater, the county courthouse, and a general store. Step back in time and learn how this historic home shaped Old Town San Diego.

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The Haunted Side of the Whaley House

Tragedy continued to strike the Whaley family while living in the home, leading to an increase in reported paranormal activity. The eerie history of this landmark has only increased its notoriety amongst ghost hunters throughout the decades. Explore the spooky lore of this San Diego treasure with our chilling evening tour experience.

Guests exploring the haunted Whaley House on a tour.

Plan Your Evening Tour

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

Approximately 30 to 40-minute guided tour through the historic Whaley House and the surrounding grounds.

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

Regale in the tales of the spirits from the past and perhaps even experience the paranormal.

Whaley House hunted bedroom

After Hours

Paranormal Investigation

Join us on our after-hours, chilling paranormal investigation. You’ll have exclusive access to the very rooms where the Whaleys lived and died, not accessible to the general public tours. This chilling new adventure gives guests exclusive access to the latest ghost-hunting equipment as they attempt to connect with lost souls.

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Ghost Encounters

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Family History

The Pioneer Family of San Diego

Old Town San Diego flourished in many ways thanks to the Whaley House. Arriving in California around 1849, during the famous California Gold Rush, Thomas Whaley would play a pivotal role within the community and history. Learn all about their rich family history and journey through life in the 1800s with our fun day tour.

Shopping & Dining

Browse for a souvenir from the Whaley House Museum Gift Shop. Then enjoy a delicious meal at the New Orleans Creole Cafe.


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Where do I start my tour?

2476 San Diego Ave.
Intersection of Harney St. and San Diego Ave.

What time should I arrive for my evening tour?

You must check in at the gift shop next to the Whaley House at least 20 minutes prior to your tour.

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. For those guests who are unable to take the stairs, we are happy to provide a tablet with an audio/visual presentation of the second floor of the Whaley House.

Approximately how long is the tour?

Day tour: Walk through at your own pace after a 5-10 minute introduction. Self-guided tour of the Whaley House and grounds averages 30-40 minutes.

Evening tour: 30-40 minutes.

Do we need reservations?

Day tour: The Whaley House Museum is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis during our daytime tours.

Evening tour: Yes, reservations are required. Check-in time as early as 4pm and 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 your tour time by calling 619-333-4020.

After Hours: A Paranormal Investigation: Yes, Reservations are required. Check-in no later than 20 minutes to tour time at the Derby – Pendleton House located at 4015 Harney Street, directly behind the Whaley House.

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.

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