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Group Tours

Fee Schedule & Procedures


Daytime Self-Guided Group Tours

A presentation of Whaley House history with Q&A will be given by a knowledgeable costumed docent in the Courtroom, followed by a self-guided tour of the Whaley House and Grounds. Groups or more than 20 must be broken into smaller numbers. Self-guided Group Tours are only available between 10am and 4:30pm.

  • Must be reserved at least one week in advance
  • Must be paid for at time reservation is made
  • Cancellations must be made at least 12 hours in advance for refund
  • Call (619) 297-9327 to make your reservation.

Groups of Children (6-12)

  • $3 per person including chaperones
  • Minimum 12 people including chaperones (Chaperones must be 18 or older)
  • No fewer than one chaperone to every 10 children

Groups of Senior Citizens/Groups of Disabled People

  • $4 per person
  • Minimum 12 people

Groups of Adults

  • $6 per person
  • Minimum 12 people

Daytime Guided/Docent-Lead Tours

A presentation of Whaley House history with Q&A will be given by a knowledgeable costumed docent in the Courtroom, followed by a personally guided tour of the Whaley House. Learn the history of each room of the house, and ask questions as you tour. Groups of more than 20 must be broken into smaller numbers. Tours last approximately 30 minutes.

  • Must be reserved at least one week in advance
  • Must be paid for at time reservation is made
  • Cancellations must be made at least 12 hours in advance for refund
  • Call (619) 297-9327 to make your reservation.

Groups of Children (6-12)

  • $7 per person including chaperones
  • Minimum 12 people including chaperones (Chaperones must be 18 or older)
  • No fewer than one chaperone to every 10 children

Groups of Senior Citizens/Groups of Disabled People

  • $7 per person
  • Minimum 12 people

Groups of Adults

  • $10 per person
  • Minimum 12 people

Nighttime Guided/Docent-Lead Tours

Let our staff be your guide for an informative, fun and entertaining tour of one of the most interesting, important, and historically valuable structures in the city, the Whaley House. Rub shoulders with the spirits as you hear tales of the Whaley Family and their famously haunted house. Come for the mystery and learn some history too. Each nighttime tour, which runs on the half hour, lasts approximately 35 minutes and is limited to 20 people to ensure a quality and personal experience.

  • Must be reserved at least one week in advance
  • Must be paid for at time reservation is made
  • Cancellations must be made at least 12 hours in advance for refund
  • Call (619) 297-9327 to make your reservation.

Groups of Children (6-12)

  • $8 per person including chaperones
  • Minimum 12 people including chaperones (Chaperones must be 18 or older)
  • No fewer than one chaperone to every 10 children

Groups of Senior Citizens/Groups of Disabled People

  • $8 per person
  • Minimum 12 people

Groups of Adults

  • $13 per person
  • Minimum 12 people

Tips for a Successful Visit with Youth Groups
The Whaley House is a fine example of how a well-to-do family would have lived in San Diego during the 1860s and '70s. As home to an early county courthouse, San Diego's first commercial theater, and Mr. Whaley's general store, the possibilities for education are many.

The house does have a reputation for being haunted, but we ask you to remind the children that the Whaley House is first and foremost a historic house museum and not a funhouse. As such we have a few rules that children and adults alike must abide by:

  • Speak in quiet voices
  • Walk, don't run. Take time to see all the exhibits
  • Children should stay with chaperones at all times. Chaperones must supervise children at all times
  • Be careful climbing stairs
  • Look with your eyes and not your hands. Do not touch anything in the museum, including walls and doors
  • Do not open doors or drawers
  • Large groups should be divided into subgroups, with a minimum of one adult per ten children

Upon arrival, please check in at the Whaley House Museum Shop directly next door to the museum. Children are allowed in the Museum Shop in groups of five. We do sell Whaley House souvenirs, and children should be reminded that 8.75% sales tax will be added to their purchases.

MAKE RESERVATIONS
Call (619) 297-9327
Email SOHO@sohosandiego.org
Please note: Group Tour rates are only honored if you have reserved your group in advance.
No exceptions.

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