Guided Tours

Plan Your Guided Tour

Guided tours are available upon request, but tour availability changes throughout the year (details below). Private tours are $70, and education tours are $50. Please allow at least two hours to visit Las Golondrinas, since it is situated on 500 acres. Limited admission after 3pm.

Please call the tour office at (505) 471-2261 ext. 112, for details and scheduling availability.

November–March

The museum is CLOSED.

April–May

Private tours and school tours are available by reservation only, Monday–Friday, 10am–2pm.

June–October

During our regular season, private tours and school tours are available by reservation only, Wednesday–Sunday, 10am–2pm.

After the Santa Fe Harvest Festival (October 5-6), the museum's hours change to Monday–Friday, 10am–3:30pm. There will be no docents and historic buildings will remain closed, but the property is open for self-guided visits. Please note: the museum will be closed on October 7 and 8.

2024 Season

Opening Day: Saturday, June 1
Closing Day: Thursday, October 31

Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve Tours

Guided tours of the wetland preserve are available upon request, June through October; reservations required. Access to the wetland preserve for self-guided walks is included with your museum admission.

Please call the tour office at (505) 471-2261 ext. 112, for details and scheduling availability.

Las Golondrinas Women’s History Tours

It was men who wrote much of New Mexico’s history from the 18th and 19th century. It wasn’t until the latter part of the 19th century, when the Anglo Americans started to arrive, that diaries from both men and women talk about New Mexican women. Our tour guides have created a fascinating tour that explores the stories of the women of New Mexico. As you are taken on a guided tour of the historic buildings, you will learn about a variety of topics, such as the law, the family, the Church, everyday life, and life’s milestones in terms of the woman’s experience.

Tour Availability

April–May: Monday–Friday, 10am–2pm

June–September: Wednesday–Sunday, 10am–2pm

October: Monday–Friday, 10am–2pm

This two-hour tour can be scheduled to fit your needs depending on the availability of tour guides.

The tour costs $70 for up to 10 individuals. This tour is not appropriate for younger children, but teens, adult women, and adult men are all welcome.

Reservations are required. Please call the tour office at (505) 471-2261, ext. 112 for more information and to schedule a tour.

School Tours

New Mexico Heritage Days

Teachers! Enliven your elementary class’s exploration of history at New Mexico Heritage Days! In the spring, the museum is alive with costumed volunteers who guide hands-on activities and interpret the history of Las Golondrinas and early New Mexico for school children. This immersive experience allows elementary students to take part in the same daily chores as the children of early New Mexico as they learn history in a fun and interactive way.

Popular hands-on activities include:

  • mano y metate (stone grinding of corn)
  • rope making
  • wool carding
  • spinning
  • candle making

Each year we welcome between 10,000 and 12,000 students, teachers and chaperones to Las Golondrinas for this event. New Mexico Heritage are open to grades K through 6 only. Admission prices are $2.00 for students and $4.00 for chaperones. There is no charge for teachers. For additional details and to reserve class space for New Mexico Heritage Days please call (505) 471-2261 Ex. 112. Reservations are required.

Topics which might be discussed:

  • El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro
  • What is a “paraje”?
  • History of tin work
  • Acequias in New Mexico

Docent Guided Tours for School Groups

Teachers may book individual guided tours of the museum for grades K through 12. Tours can generally be scheduled on weekdays in June & October and Monday through Sunday from June through September. For more information please contact our Education Office at (505) 471-2261 Ex. 112. For school groups the museum waives admission charges for individual students, teachers or chaperones; all school tours must be led by our museum guides.

The cost per guide is $50. If your group is larger than twenty-five participants it will require two guides at a total cost of $100, three guides at $150, etc. A visit to our museum shop can also be arranged after a tour. For additional details and to book a tour, please call (505) 471-2261 Ext. 112. School tours are by reservation only.

Josefina Tours

Guided tours available upon request, June 1 through October 31; reservations required.
Please phone the tour office at (505) 471-2261 ext. 112, for details and scheduling availability.

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Josefina Montoya is a girl of heart and hope growing up in New Mexico in 1824. Ever since her Mama died, Josefina and her sisters have bravely met the challenges of the rancho without her. As they watch the new americano traders arrive from the east, they struggle to hold on to their mother’s love and the old ways she taught them. Josefina dreams of becoming a healer like her Tia Magdalena. She feels lucky to have her family and faith to guide her!

Added in 1997, Josefina was the sixth American Girl, and the third to be added after the series was launched with Kirsten, Samantha and Molly in 1986.

*American Girl is an American line of 18-inch (46 cm) dolls released in 1986 by Pleasant Company. The dolls portray eight- to eleven-year-old girls of a variety of ethnicities. They are sold with accompanying books told from the viewpoint of the girls. Originally the stories focused on various periods of American history, but were expanded in 1995 to include characters and stories from contemporary life. A variety of related clothing and accessories is also available.

Special 2 hour tours begin at 9:30 a.m. and include a guided walk through the historic buildings illustrated in the books.  Tours can be scheduled Monday-Friday in June and October and Wednesday-Sunday from June through September. The cost for the tour is $70 for up to 10 individuals, which includes all day admission to the museum.

Reservations are required. Please phone the tour office at (505) 471-2261 ext. 112 for more information.

The Josefina™ Doll  Get your Josefina™ doll and books at our Museum Store.