The museum is open for self-guided tours (no museum guides) through October 29, Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. No reservations are needed for self-guided tours. Allow at least two hours to visit Las Golondrinas, as it is situated on 200 acres. Limited admission after 3pm. Please note: All buildings have been closed for the season, the self-guided tour is of the grounds and building exteriors only.
During the months of November–March the museum is CLOSED. Please phone the tour office at (505) 471-2261 ext. 101 for more information.
Opening Day: Wednesday, June 2
Closing Day: Sunday, October 29
Teachers! Enliven your elementary class’s exploration of history at New Mexico Heritage Days! For three days in spring and fall 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.
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 $1.50 for students and $3.50 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. 101. Reservations are required.
Popular hands-on activities include:
- mano y metate (stone grinding of corn)
- rope making
- wool carding
- candle making
Topics which might be discussed:
- El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro
- What is a “paraje”?
- History of tin work
- Acequias in New Mexico
New Mexico Heritage Days
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 April, May, October and Monday through Sunday from June through September. For more information please contact our Education Office at (505) 471-2261 Ex. 101. 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 $45. If your group is larger than twenty-five participants it will require two guides at a total cost of $90, three guides at $135, 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. 101. School tours are by reservation only.
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 April, May and October and Wednesday-Sunday from June through September. $10 per adult, $7 per child, which includes all day admission to the museum.
Reservations are required. Please phone the tour office at (505) 471-2261 ext. 101 for more information.