Winchester Mystery House offers free virtual tour
By T.K. Randall
March 23, 2020 · 3 comments
Take a tour of the mansion from the comfort of your own home. Image Credit: Public Domain
Anyone self-isolating due to the coronavirus pandemic can now explore the mansion's mysteries from home.
One of San Jose's most popular tourist attractions, the enigmatic mansion has 161 rooms, 40 staircases ( some of which leading to nowhere ), 10,000 windows and 2,000 doors.
Constructed in 1884 and owned by Sarah Winchester - the widow of gun magnate William Wirt Winchester - the building is said to be haunted by the ghosts of those killed by Winchester rifles.
Its interior is as lavish as it is bizarre, with a peculiar room layout, doors leading to solid walls, windows on the walls of inside rooms, a large bell which is rung every Friday 13th and multiple 'decoy' rooms that Winchester used in an effort to fool the spirits she believed resided there.
Sadly, like most tourist attractions, the Winchester Mystery House has had to close its doors for the time being due to the coronavirus crisis, however that doesn't mean that you can't still see inside.
From now until April 7th, prospective visitors can watch a free virtual tour of the house on the official website as well as purchase discounted ticket vouchers for when it finally re-opens.
"For nearly 100 years, passionate caretakers and skilled craftsmen have looked after Sarah's mansion and offered informative tours in order to share her amazing story," said Winchester Mystery House General Manager Walter Magnuson.
"We depend on our guests to help us continue her legacy and keep the history and intrigue of the house alive."
You can check out the virtual tour - here
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