The Villa Montezuma
Spiritualism Lantern Tour

Join us for a night of beauty, mystery and Spiritualism…all by lantern light.



$39 per person

A generous portion of your ticket proceeds go to the continual historic restoration of The Villa Montezuma.

Meeting Location

1925 K Street San Diego, CA 92102

Villa Montezuma is a Queen Anne style mansion in San Diego, California’s Sherman Heights neighborhood that was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


There is ample street parking available in the neighborhood surrounding the Villa Montezuma. You may also choose to park in a nearby parking structure and taking a short ride service to The Villa. Street parking is at your own risk.

Start Time & Duration

Tours begin promptly at 8:00 p.m. and run approximately 90 minutes. Photography is allowed ONLY in certain areas of the home which will be pointed out to you by your guide. Tour groups will consist of 15 guests, (Tour will meet outside at front door for check in. Please arrive 15 minutes early and give yourself plenty of time for parking, etc. Once tour enters the house, no late entry permitted.

Important Info

No readily available restroom. Please go before you come.

The Enchanted Villa Montezuma

Perched above the lights of the historic Gaslamp district of downtown San Diego in the community of Sherman Heights resides a home that for over 130 years has been a mansion known not just for its beauty but for its mystery and the unusual history of its original owner; the majestic Villa Montezuma. Built in 1887 for concert pianist, author, and spiritualist mystic Jesse Shepard, the Villa is now a wonderful house museum, where guests from all over the world can come and step back into the Victorian era. Its rooms speak of a time long gone with polished woods and stunning art glass. Shepard, known throughout Europe for his beautiful piano playing and his concert seances lived only a short time in San Diego but his legacy lives on in the Villa Montezuma. Join your guide, Charles Spratley, for an exclusive tour of the beautiful mansion by lanternlight, as we talk about the man, and his magnificent and mysterious mansion. Spratley will conclude the evening giving a brief discussion on the true history of Spiritualism, not what Hollywood has portrayed.