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Window to the past: El Rancho de las Golondrinas reopens with social distancing, reserved tickets

The mill at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. (Courtesy of Los Ranchos de las Golondrinas)

It’s been about a week since El Rancho de las Golondrinas reopened to the public.

Months of planning went into ensuring that visitors would be protected.

“We’re really lucky that we’re on over 200 acres,” says Jackie Camborde, director of development. “And we’re all outdoors.”

The living museum will be a little different on the next visit, Camborde says.

“The grounds will be open, not the historical buildings,” she says. “We’ve been very cognizant of how we would get visitors in and out of the grounds safely, all while practicing social distancing.”

First, tickets are to be purchased online in advance for one of two daily sessions.

Tickets can be purchased through the website, and each session will have 50 tickets to be purchased.

Member tickets are free at the same link; Las Golondrinas and North American Reciprocal Museum members must show their membership card with their ticket for entry. Sessions are 2 hours, 45 minutes. Visit anytime during that session, last entry is 30 minutes before the end of the session.

Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors (62+), veterans, and teens. Members are free, and children under 12 are always free (tickets must be reserved for children and members).

Tickets are now available online for the month of September; October tickets will be released later in the month.

All daily admission tickets must be reserved in advance; no walk-up sales are permitted.

Groups of more than 10 are not permitted.

Camborde says that between the morning and afternoon sessions, the museum will close for cleaning.

In addition, the public restrooms will be checked hourly.

“We’ll have sanitizing stations,” she says. “People can bring in water, and we have an area where it can be refilled with no touch.”

Visitors can also take a picnic for the visit; no food vendors will be on-site.

“We want to make each visit a memorable one,” she says. “It’s important that we follow all safety guidelines to ensure that everyone is safe.”

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