While the story of the Whaley House’s origins may seem as simple and innocent as any family history, the truth is, many believed this home was destined to be haunted before it was even built. The property was the site of one of the town’s most famous public executions – that of the hanging of the infamous thief James “Yankee Jim” Robinson.
The Whaley House, designated as a museum in 1960, is located in Old Town San Diego, California’s Oldest Town. Designed and built by Thomas Whaley, known to be the first two-story brick-constructed property in California back in 1857, it is a beautiful example of Greek Revival architecture and is furnished with curated historical items and original family owned treasures. The Whaley House also served as San Diego’s first commercial theater, a general store and the second County Courthouse.
Worldwide known as the Most Haunted House in America, it is recognized for its historical significance in Old Town San Diego.
Please plan appropriately for the historic attributes of the Whaley House Museum including stairs and uneven grounds. ADA accessible on the first floor. No elevators on-site. Service dogs allowed.
If you are an individual with a disability and require an auxiliary aid or service to enjoy one of our tours, please contact us at (619) 786-1143.