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“Living history museum”

El Rancho de las Golondrinas
Ranked #20 of 266 things to do in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Abilene, Texas
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88 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Living history museum”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

First, make sure you realize it is only open Wed.-Sun. 10-4 because it is a little hard to get to. (I goofed and we made a needless trip on Tuesday.) Also, it takes quite awhile if you do everything. I suggest coming at 10, eating a picnic lunch that you can bring in, and then seeing the rest. Also, see if they are filming (which limits where you can go) and if the docents are there. We basically saw the 1700s area (the setting for the Josefina American Doll books) and 1800s area plus the schoolhouse. There was a mountain village area over the hill that we never got to. There is a lot of walking over unpaved paths.

Visited August 2013
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New Mexico
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233 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“One of the best living museums in the US”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

I have visited El Rancho many times. And my favorite times are in late summer for the Fiesta de los Niños and in the fall for their Harvest Festival. El Rancho was founded in the early 1700's and has been meticulously maintained.

Visited May 2013
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Orlando, Florida
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48 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“If you love history, this is a must see.”
Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

If you love history, this living history museum is a must see. All of the staff are very knowledgable about the ranch and how it might have been to live on the ranch or in a nearby village. The natural vistas here can change from hour to hour depending on the weather, worth bringing your best camera. They do have watering stations along the trail in case you forget to BYOW. I don't think this would really be a place to bring kids unless there is a festival happening, or if they are into history or really want to get a first hand feel of the history of NM. The trail is easily managed and I'm sure that they would/could accommodate anyone that needs assistance as I noticed carts in one building (call to confirm this though). One of the best ran cultural spots/museums in NM

Visited July 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Williamsburg of NM - a must see for kids.”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

We had an amazing tour focused on how life was for Josefina (American Girl). The property contains wonderful buildings, animals and the most delightful and knowledgeable staff. This living history museum was the highlight of our family trip to Santa Fe!

Visited July 2013
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Hudson, FL
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74 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“So worth the drive!”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

Starting with the lady in the gift shop to the buildings, the set-up, etc - this is a place not to be missed! There were so many buildings and areas to see. We were not there on any special event weekend, which I believe is often, but even so this place is fantastic! You really feel in the moment of back in the days when these buildings were home to people and their lives. They are decorated with attention to detail and the costumed people are eager to speak with you and share their knowledge. Definitely living history!

Visited July 2013
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