El Rancho de las Golondrinas

Spanish Colonial Days

2017 Season

May 4th, 9th & 11th

October 5th, 10th & 12th

Teachers! Enliven your elementary class’s exploration of history at Spanish Colonial 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. Spanish Colonial Days 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 Spanish Colonial 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
  • spinning
  • 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

School Groups

(for all grade levels)

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. School tours are by reservation only.

Spanish Colonial Days

For rates, information and to schedule a tour, Contact Us.