Located in the beautiful Santa Clara Valley in San Jose, this beautiful but bizarre 160-room Victorian mansion was built by Sarah L. Winchester, window of the famed Winchester rifle manufacturer's son.
Crushed by the untimely deaths of her husband and infant daughter, Mrs. Winchester designed and supervised the construction of this strange $5,500,000 mansion by keeping carpenters busy 24 hours a day for 38 continuous years until her death in 1922, al in the hope of perpetuating her life and consoling (or confusing) the spirits of those killed by the Winchester rifle.
Rambling over 4.5 acres with 40 bedrooms, 40 staircases, 13 bathrooms, 47 fireplaces, 2,000 doors and 10,000 windows, the house is so complex that even Mrs. Winchester and her servants required maps to find their way around.
The home became Registered California Historical Landmark #868 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. It is now completely restored.
Guided tours of the mansion interior are give daily from 9am (closed Christmas Day). Last tour departure varies with the season. Admission includes the self-guided Garden tour, Historic Firearms Museum and the Antique Products Museum.