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Winchester Mystery House launches new Walk with Spirits Tour

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

Do you believe in ghosts? Sarah Winchester certainly did. The all-new Walk With Spirits Tour in the shadows of the Winchester Mystery House delves into the supernatural lore of her San Jose, Calif. estate — called the world’s most famous haunted mansion.

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All images courtesy of Winchester Mystery House

The spooky history of the Winchester Mystery House began when a psychic told a very superstitious Sarah Winchester (heir to the Winchester Repeating Rifle fortune) that she was being haunted by spirits of people killed by Winchester rifles — the “Gun that Won the West.” The psychic then told Winchester that she needed to build a house that could never be completed because a house with many rooms would provide a safe-haven for protective spirits and the sound of hammering would scare away ghosts who meant to harm her. Because of those instructions — and Mrs. Winchester’s superstitions — the now 160-room house was under construction around the clock from 1886 until she passed away 36 years later.

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Beginning July 29, Winchester Mystery House will launch the Walk with Spirits Tour. This all-new outdoor evening experience takes guests around the estate’s expansive grounds while sharing tales of its former (and possibly current) inhabitants. Guests can even peek through some of the mansion’s 10,000 windows and 2,000 doors to see what (or who) might materialize… That is, if the spirits have received their “sympathetic vibrations.”

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“Once we received word that we would need to pause our indoor mansion tours, we quickly designed a new experience that shares some of the most famous — and infamous — stories surrounding the mysterious estate,” said Walter Magnuson, Winchester Mystery House general manager. “This tour delves into the legends and lore surrounding the House and provides visitors with a unique opportunity to explore the grounds at night.”

Walk with Spirits Tours will be offered Wednesdays through Sundays beginning at 8 p.m. Tour size is restricted to those in a visitor’s immediate household, and capacity will be reduced to ensure social distancing. All guests will be required to wear face masks.

Tickets for timed-entry admission will be available here beginning July 24 at 10 a.m. The price is $24.99 for adults, $20.99 for seniors (ages 65+), and $14.99 for children (ages 6-12).

Guests who prefer to explore the Winchester Mystery House from their ghost-free homes can take the Immersive 360 Tour or the Video Tour, which are both available online here.

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