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The Whaley House

Located in historic Old Town San Diego
at 2476 San Diego Avenue, San Diego, CA 92110
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Hours of Operation (Please note that hours are seasonal.)
 
Regular Hours
(September 4, 2007-May 25, 2008)

Monday & Tuesday 10am-5pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday - Sunday 10am-10pm
(Sunday, May 4, 2008 10am-5pm)
Summer Hours
(May 26, 2008-September 1, 2008)

Open Daily 10am-10pm
 
Winter Break Hours
(December 22, 2007-January 4, 2008)

Open Daily 10am-10pm
Christmas Eve 10am-4pm
New Year's Eve 10am-5pm
Closed Christmas day
Spring Break Hours
(March 17-30, 2008)

Open Daily 10am-10pm
 
Daytime Admission
(10am-7pm)

$6 for adults
$5 for seniors, age 55 and over
$4 for children, ages 3-12;
Free for children 2 and under
  • Includes admission to the
    Old Adobe Chapel Museum
    3950 Conde Street
    (10am-5pm, Saturday & Sunday only)
  • After Hours Admission
    (7-10pm, Thursday-Sunday only)

    $10 for adults
    $5 for children (3-12)
    Free for children 2 and under

    Please arrive at least 30 minutes before closing to allow enough time to tour the house. All tours are self-guided, but docents are always available to answer questions and provide additional information. No advance reservations are necessary for groups of less than 15.

    All tickets are sold at the SOHO Museum Shop, right next door to the Whaley House. The SOHO Museum Shop also carries a selection of Whaley House souvenirs, such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, shot glasses, coffee and beer mugs, and postcards, as well as books about San Diego history and the supernatural.

    Private After Hours Tours of the Whaley House (after 10pm)
    · 2 person minimum
    · $75 per person for one hour
    · $50 per person each additional hour.
    · Tour is limited to 3 hours total
    · Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance
    · Tickets must be purchased at least 48 hours in advance at the SOHO Museum Shop or by credit card at 619-297-7511.
    · Dates & times based on docent availability.
    · Private tours are not offered during the last week of October.

    The Whaley House is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

    Parking
    · A small number of 2 hour unmetered parking spaces are available on the streets of Old Town
    · Free all-day parking is available in large public parking lots on Harney Street and Twiggs Street.

    Accessibility
    The Whaley House Museum is accessible to persons with disabilities on the first floor only. The SOHO Museum Shop and most of the grounds are also accessible.

    Food Service
    Enjoy an elegant crawfish etouffee, shrimp and sausage jambalaya, hearty, spicy gumbo, or dessert and espresso in the serenity of the Whaley House gardens at the New Orleans Creole Café. The restaurant is located directly behind the SOHO Museum Shop and is independently operated. Many other dining establishments are located throughout Old Town San Diego.

    Interpretive Programs
    Bringing History Alive at the Whaley House
    Whaley House Period Clothing Program

    Group Tour Fee Schedule & Procedures
    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. Large groups must be broken into smaller numbers.

    Please note: Group Tour rates are only honored if you have reserved your group in advance. No exceptions.

    Groups of Children under 13 years of age
    · $2.50 per person including chaperones
    · Minimum 15 people including chaperones (Chaperones must be 18 or older)
    · No fewer than one chaperone to every 10 children
    · Must be reserved at least one week in advance
    · Must be paid for at least 48 hours in advance
    · Cancellations must be made at least 12 hours in advance for refund

    Groups of Senior Citizens / Groups of Disabled People
    · $2.50 per person
    · Minimum 15 people
    · Must be reserved at least one week in advance
    · Must be paid for at least 48 hours in advance
    · Cancellations must be made at least 12 hours in advance for refund

    Groups of Adults
    · $3.00 per person
    · Minimum 15 people
    · Must be reserved at least one week in advance
    · Must be paid for at least 48 hours in advance
    · Cancellations must be made at least 12 hours in advance for refund

    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. Large groups must be broken into smaller numbers. Tours last approximately 30 minutes.
    · $8.00 per person
    · Minimum 10 people
    · Must be reserved at least one week in advance
    · Must be paid for at least 48 hours in advance
    · Cancellations must be made at least 12 hours in advance for refund

    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 SOHO 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 7.75% sales tax will be added to their purchases.

    Film or Production Companies
    Review and follow SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
    Submit proposal to SOHO office soho-1@sohosandiego.org

    Student Projects
    Submit proposal to SOHO office soho-1@sohosandiego.org
    For student projects, please submit proposal stating what the project is, how many students are participating, what equipment will be brought, and the date, time and duration of the project. We also require a letter from the professor or teacher stating that you are completing an assigned project.

    We do not usually charge a fee beyond normal admission prices for student projects, provided that the completion of the project does not interfere with museum operations. Students wishing to complete their project when the museum is closed to the public will be charged regular "Private Tour" rates.

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