El Rancho de las Golondrinas is open for tours scheduled with our Tour Coordinator. Also contact us for interest in photography, site rentals or weddings.

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Volunteer training will begin March 14th. If you would like to participate as a volunteer and attend a fascinating series of talks about the Museum and New Mexico History, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator.

¡Muchas Gracias!


While El Rancho de las Golondrinas features many talented costumed interpreters that help bring the museum to life, most historic demonstrations and hands-on activities are generally reserved for Festival Weekends when most of our volunteer docents are available. However, during non-event museum days, you can enjoy a more personal visit with the few docents located throughout the historic buildings & enjoy the beauty of the site. Weaving and Horno bread baking demonstrations occur on a weekly basis. Please call ahead to inquire what might be available. We’d love to help make your visit a memorable one!

Save the Date: Las Golondrinas Winter Lecture Series

Join us this winter at the New Mexico Museum of Art!

January 28: Dr. Anna Nogar will speak on her book “Quill and Cross in the Borderlands: Sor Maria de Agreda and the Lady in Blue”

February 25:
Charlie Carrillo gives a talk on “Voice of the Hermandad: The History and Ritual of Penitentes”


March 31:
State Historian Rob Martinez’s topic is “Brujería: The History of Witchcraft in New Mexico”


All lectures take place in the Saint Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, doors open at 5:15pm.
Admission is FREE for Las Golondrinas and Museum of New Mexico volunteers and members, $10 for guests.


Welcome! We invite you to take a journey to the past at “The Ranch of the Swallows.” This historic ranch, 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.

Spectacular Events All Season

To apply to be a Vendor at one of our Festivals or Events.


The Paloheimos
Leonora and Yrjö Paloheimo

Our History

El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a historic rancho and now a living history museum, was strategically located on the Camino Real, the Royal Road that extended from Mexico City to Santa Fe. The museum opened in 1972 and is dedicated to the history, heritage and culture of 18th and 19th century New Mexico.

El Rancho de las Golondrinas grew out of the vision of the Curtin-Paloheimo family. In 1932, Leonora Curtin and her mother purchased the ranch property. Leonora is known for the founding of Santa Fe’s Native Market in an effort to save and reestablish traditional craft forms and techniques, and to provide local artisans with a source of income during the Great Depression. After their marriage in 1946, Leonora and her Finnish husband, Yrjö Alfred (Y.A.) Paloheimo, saw the potential in the old ranch as a site for an outdoor living history museum.

Both Leonora and Y.A. devoted themselves to transforming the property into a place where visitors could physically engage with the rich culture of the region and become immersed in the history of New Mexico. Existing historic buildings were restored, period structures were erected and historic buildings were brought in from other sites around New Mexico. The museum officially opened its doors in the spring of 1972 and over time has grown into New Mexico’s premier living history museum. Today the museum promotes and preserves the Hispano heritage of Northern New Mexico, while at the same time building a better understanding of the lasting influence of Hispanos in the Southwest and the rest of the country.

Weaving & Colcha Embroidery

New Mexican traditional weaving and colcha embroidery are alive and thriving at El Rancho de las Golondrinas living history museum. Learn More

Our Volunteer Corps

El Rancho de las Golondrinas is grateful to have over 300 Volunteers which help make the Museum come alive. If you are interested in joining us, visit the Volunteer page.