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El Rancho de las Golondrinas

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Address: 334 Los Pinos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507-4363
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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This living history museum, located just south of Santa Fe, recreates...

This living history museum, located just south of Santa Fe, recreates 18th-century ranch life. Guides, dressed in period clothing, show how people lived in early New Mexico.

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300 year old village you can explore

I love this kind of thing. It's like a 300 year old village you can walk through and explore. The volunteers working there are very knowledgeable. it was a very good time.

Reviewed October 9, 2015
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Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed October 9, 2015

I love this kind of thing. It's like a 300 year old village you can walk through and explore. The volunteers working there are very knowledgeable. it was a very good time.

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Kathryn C, Public Relations Manager at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, responded to this review

We are so pleased to learn that you had a great time at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Yes, our dedicated corps of volunteers are absolutely invaluable to our museum. Without them, we literally could not exist. They are so knowledgeable about life as it was here from 1710 to 1930. It's absolutely amazing -- the depth of their knowledge!... More 

Parts Unknown
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed October 7, 2015 via mobile

A great historical look at a ranch established in 1710 in Santa Fe. The water ditch irrigation system is on the National Register. This is a very interesting stop.

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Kathryn C, Public Relations Manager at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, responded to this review

We're so glad to learn that you found your visit to El Rancho de las Golondrinas of interest. Yes, our acequia is on the National Registry of Historic Places and soon a section of the Camino Real, by the West Frontage Road, will be too! The ranch really is an historical treasure and we enjoy sharing it with all of... More 

Chicago
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32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed October 6, 2015

Wonderful docent who provided us with a great overview and understanding of the hacienda. Good gift shop. Worth the trip.

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Kathryn C, Public Relations Manager at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review and comments. We sincerely appreciate your support. We are pleased to learn that you had a great experience with the docent who led your tour and that you enjoyed our gift shop as well. We strive for continuous improvement and will be making some changes for our 2016 season which we hope you... More 

Wheaton, Illinois
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52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed October 5, 2015

Went there for their harvest festival, not knowing what to expect. This place is actually a working museum showing how people lived 400 years ago. You really get the feel of just how hard day-to-day life was. The docents were volunteers who were passionate about their roles and very informative.

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Kathryn C, Public Relations Manager at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review and support. Our Harvest Festival is one of our most popular events and also the last one of our season. It is always well attended. Our visitors enjoy stomping grapes for wine with their feet and picking out a great pumpkin for Halloween. We were very honored this year to be voted the... More 

Denver, Colorado
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed October 3, 2015

History attractions can range from the kitschy to the reverential. This is an authentic, if amazingly restored and recreated, living history museum portraying Spanish colonial life from the early 1700s.The docents and artisans aren't always dressed with historical accuracy, but they're pleasant and good at explaining stuff. The buildings, particularly the interiors, are fascinating and look like the original inhabitants... More 

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Kathryn C, Public Relations Manager at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. We sincerely appreciate it. We strive for continuous improvement and are working on an historically correct period costume book for our volunteers. Our curator is fabulous at making the various houses and rooms look, as you said, like the people who lived there just stepped away. Thank you for noticing that! We are... More 

New Mexico
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed September 29, 2015

Depending on when you go, you will experience many different things. The historic buildings & people acting out different roles are amazing. The lavender festival is wonderful. There are many wonderful festivals here to attend, so check the schedule.

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Kathryn C, Public Relations Manager at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing your comments on Trip Advisor. We so appreciate your support and are glad to learn that you enjoyed the festival at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Throughout our season, we have many different and exciting Festivals, Fairs and Special Events. They are varied -- from the Fiesta de los Ninos for children, to the... More 

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed September 20, 2015

Las Golondrinas is the place to go to see how people lived in New Mexico in the 1700's and 1800's. Seeing the kitchens makes you wonder how they managed to get all the meals done plus all the other chores that needed doing. The chapel felt so warm and comforting. The alter screen was incredible for not being in a... More 

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Kathryn C, Public Relations Manager at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments shared on Trip Advisor. We sincerely appreciate them! Yes, traversing our 200+ acres can be a challenge. It is hilly and the trails are dirt and gravel. But it definitely is worth the effort. We hope you will come back and visit us again, perhaps for a festival weekend. We'll leave the gate open for... More 

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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507 reviews
125 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
Reviewed September 20, 2015

This is a working museum located on a couple of hundred acres south of Santa Fe. Contains many old buildings that hae been restored and givs you an idea of local life in the 18th and 19th century New Mexico area. Site of the annual Santa Fe Wine Festivvl and other events throughout the year

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Kathryn C, Public Relations Manager at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing your comments on Trip Advisor. We so appreciate your support. Yes, throughout our season we have many special events, festivals and fiestas. We strive for continuous improvement and are always looking at additional ways to both educate and entertain our visitors. Please plan on visiting us again in our 2016 season which will be... More 

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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 16, 2015

The atmosphere of this Ranch provides the perfect place to have a ceremony and reception. The staff were awesome as we even had a tour of the museum. There is plenty of space for a small or large party.

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Kathryn C, Public Relations Manager at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your comments and congratulations again! We are so pleased that you chose El Rancho de las Golondrinas for your wedding ceremony and reception. Each year, many couples are married here and they all seem to find it a very welcoming, calming, relaxing, beautiful place to do so. We make every effort to ensure that their... More 

Hacienda Heights, California, United States
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76 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed September 14, 2015

Would definitely love to come back and check out the living museum but as far as a nice place for a private party - this was a great catered event. It would have been perfect has the guests been able to enjoy the museum as well! There was one negative - because the museum usually closes at 4:00 - there... More 

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Kathryn C, Public Relations Manager at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your comments and we are so pleased that your private event went well. El Rancho de las Golondrinas is host to many private events and weddings throughout the year and everyone always seems to have a great time. It is the perfect venue for parties, corporate events, fun runs, weddings, etc. It does, however, get... More 

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