“A living history museum”
Welcome! We invite you to take a journey to the past at "The Ranch of the Swallows." This historic rancho, now a living history museum, dates from the early 1700s and was an important paraje or stopping place along the famous Camino Real, the Royal Road from Mexico City to Santa Fe. Experience the life of another time in a location unlike any other in America. El Rancho de las Golondrinas is a living history museum located on 200 acres in a rural farming valley just south of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The museum, dedicated to the history, heritage and culture of 18th and 19th century New Mexico, opened in 1972. Original colonial buildings on the site date from the early 1700s. In addition, historic buildings from other parts of northern New Mexico have been reconstructed at Las Golondrinas. Villagers clothed in the styles of the times show how life was lived on the frontier in early New Mexico. Special festivals and weekend events offer visitors an in-depth look into the celebrations, music, dance and many other aspects of life in the Spanish, Mexican and Territorial periods of the Southwest.
This was a FANTASTIC living history museum! The volunteers and staff were so friendly and helpful. We spent about 3 or 4 hours because we had to get on the road and enjoyed the whole time. My girls(12 and 7) loved seeing the blanket that was used in the American Girl series about Josefina and knowing that this is the location that was used for the inspiration for her home.
This is a great place to learn some history of the NM and Santa Fe area. I highly recommend a docent (tour guide). You will receive a lot more info from them than being on your own.
We saw school children there, as well as all age groups.
Parking for all sizes is no issue. I would also recommend getting there when they open and bring water to drink.
Helpful hint...use the bathroom at the museum shop before heading out.
One last thing, we went from there to Meow Wolf, which isn’t too far away. More on that review next.
We came on a day when they were having a festival as well. The people we spoke with as we walked around were very informative. They appeared to be primarily volunteers. The signage and map could use some refreshing as it was difficult to tell sometimes what you were looking at.
April, May and October is by appointment only. We drove out there and sadly It was closed.
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El Rancho de las Golondrinas
- Sun, Wed - Sat: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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