Haas Lilienthal House

Visit a Historical Victorian in San Francisco's Pacific Heights

The Haas Lilienthal House is a historic beauty in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood. This Queen Anne is the only Victorian House in SF open to the public.

William Haas, a local merchant, built the house for his family in 1886. Three generations of the Haas family lived in the home until 1972.

The remaining family gifted the house to the San Francisco Architectural Heritage Organization, who continues to maintain it to this day.

haas lilienthal house

Visiting The House

The only way to see the Haas Lilienthal House is on a guided tour given by one of their volunteers. Check in for your tour on the lower level of the house.

Enter through the door on street level to the north of the main staircase.

Your tour begins in this area with an overview and history of the Haas Lilienthal family. Here you will also learn a little more about the house and the standard elements of a Queen Anne Victorian.

After this brief discussion, your guide will take you outside, so you can enter through the front door.

This grand staircase is one of the first things you see when you enter.

grand staircase

You will then walk through the main level of the house including both the dining room and the kitchen.

dining room

kitchen queen anne

From here, you will head to the second floor. On this level, you get the chance to see the unique curved windows.

curved windows

Along the way, you will continue to learn more about the family and see several family photos. You also get the chance to find out more about their furniture and the other pieces they collected throughout their lifetime.

The San Francisco Archeological Heritage did a great job in keeping the house and furniture in the manner the family left it. The family collected all of the pieces inside the house while they lived there between 1886 and 1972.

After finishing on the second floor, your tour heads back to the starting point on the ground level. Here you get a sneak peek at the train room.

train room haas

The entire tour is just over an hour long. If you've always wanted to see inside a Victorian, you will love this tour.

The most famous Victorian Houses in San Francisco are near Alamo Square. Often dubbed the "Seven Sisters", these colorful houses are a beautiful site. You can even capture a postcard moment with a view of downtown SF behind them. See pictures and read more about them here.

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Admission and Hours

The cost for a guided tour is usually around $10 per person with seniors and children.

If you plan to visit several San Francisco attractions during your visit, you can save money on admissions with the Go San Francisco Card. This discount card includes admission to the Haas Lilienthal House and more than 30 other SF and Bay Area attractions. Find out how you can save up to 40% today!

This SF museum is open three days a week:

  • Wednesday: 12pm - 3pm*
  • Saturday: 12pm - 3pm*
  • Sunday: 11am - 4pm*

Tours leave every 20 to 30 minutes during these times.

*The venue is closed at times due to private events. Make sure to check their site for current prices and opening dates.

How to Get Here

You will find this Queen Anne Victorian at 2007 Franklin Street.

map of haas house

From Union Square

  • Cable Car: The fastest way to get here from Union Square is to take the Powell Hyde Cable Car. Pick it up at Powell and Post Streets (instead of waiting in the long line at the cable car turnaround near Market Street). Take it to the stop at Hyde and Jackson Streets. From here you will walk west on Jackson Street and take a left on Franklin. A one way ticket is $6 per person. This option will take you about 25 minutes.
  • 3-Jackson: An alternative option to the cable car is the 3-Jackson bus. You can pick it up a block north of Union Square on the corner of Powell and Sutter Streets. Take it to the corner of Sutter and Van Ness. From here, you will walk about a half mile to the Haas Lilienthal House. This option takes about 25 minutes and is $2 per person each way.

From Fisherman's Wharf: It's easy to get here from Fisherman's Wharf. Simply hop on the 47-Caltrain bus at the corner of North Point and Jones Streets. Take it to the corner of Van Ness and Jackson. Walk up the hill one block to Franklin and then south a couple of houses until you see the entrance sign. This route takes about 25 minutes. The cost is $2 per person per ride.

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