Winchester Mystery House Opens Today to the delight of Bay Areans

By India Parent Magazine

The very popular and much loved Winchester Mystery House in San Jose will be reopening to the public on July 13th, 2020, with limited capacity and new safety measures. This cautious move is welcomed by young parents here in Santa Clara County who are looking forward to take their children out, to somewhere fun but safe as well. Well, the Winchester Mystery House could prove to be that place. But before you jump in to grab the opportunity The Mystery House wants you to read all the safety measures and follow them carefully.

Below you will find a guide of what you can expect during our reopening, including new safety guidelines, spaces that will remain closed or have limited service, and more.

The Winchester Mystery House is COVID-19 Prepared and mandated to follow Social Distancing Protocols by the Santa Clara County Health Department. To learn more about the local health orders, please visit the Santa Clara County Health Department website and before visiting the Winchester Mystery House read their health guidelines here at

About the Mystery House
The Winchester Mystery House® is an architectural wonder and historic landmark in San Jose, that was once the personal residence of Sarah Lockwood Pardee Winchester, the widow of William Wirt Winchester and heiress to a large portion of the Winchester® Repeating Arms fortune.

Tragedy befell Sarah – her infant daughter died of a childhood illness and a few years later her husband was taken from her by tuberculosis. Shortly after her husband’s death, Sarah left their home in New Haven, CT and moved out west to San Jose, CA. There, she bought an eight-room farmhouse and began what could only be described as the world’s longest home renovation, stopping only when Sarah passed on September 5, 1922.

The Facts
From 1886 to 1922 construction seemingly never ceased as the original eight-room farmhouse grew into the world’s most unusual and sprawling mansion, featuring:

  • 24,000 square feet
  • 10,000 windows
  • 2,000 doors
  • 160 rooms
  • 52 skylights
  • 47 stairways and fireplaces
  • 17 chimneys
  • 13 bathrooms
  • 6 kitchens
  • Built at a price tag of the $5 million dollars in 1923 or $71 million today

Ahead of her Time

  • Sarah Winchester was a woman of independence, drive, and courage who lives on in legend. And the mansion she built is world renowned as much for the many design curiosities and innovations (many ahead of their time) as it is for the reported paranormal activity that resides within these walls.
  • These mysteries and more are what has drawn over 12 million guests to visit the Winchester Mystery House® since the doors opened June 30, 1923. Will you be able to unlock the mystery? Go check it out for yourselves!