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The Oldest House

215 E de Vargas St, Lower Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2703
+1 505-988-1944
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This place is tiny. Admission is free. There's a nice gift shop with local art and other typical... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Amarillo, TX
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The ceiling had rocks and sticks that looked like they could fall at any moment but that was what... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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800-year old Adobe house; considered the oldest house in the United States.
  • Excellent28%
  • Very good38%
  • Average30%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“gift shop” (69 reviews)
215 E de Vargas St, Lower Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2703
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This place is tiny. Admission is free. There's a nice gift shop with local art and other typical tchotchkes. The space is so small that not many people can be in it at one time. Interesting history and printed papers for you to take.

Thank tumbleweed_travels
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The ceiling had rocks and sticks that looked like they could fall at any moment but that was what made the experience truly fascinating. They've essentially resuscitated the shack just enough to keep it on life support. It's not restored or rebuilt. Our 11 year...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago

Now a museum and shop this house has been partially renovated but still keeps some of the rooms and chimney intact.

Thank Elizabeth C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth about 15 minutes and the shop is very nice. The oldest church is across the street and both can be seen in under an hour. Free admission to this house too, which is nice.

Thank wolfgang1Richmond_VA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What history. What I enjoyed most about it is the old photographs and sketches of the place compared to now. Located on the wall inside. The little gift shop attached sells some great historic Santa Fe replica maps from various decades. Very cool Santa Fe...More

Thank Leslie D
Reviewed 8 December 2017

Seeing an adobe house built in the 1200's by Pueblo Indians is absolutely fascinating. It's a quick two minute visit as there is very little to see. What makes me uncomfortable is the store. You have to go into the store. For something 800 years...More

Thank CraftBeers
Reviewed 7 December 2017

Great experience, free musem (donations are appreciated) Great inexpensive gift shop and helpful staff . Just next door to one of the oldest churches in the US, whichis also free by the way.

Thank Tina T
Reviewed 2 December 2017

Otherwise, the really tiny house gave us a glimpse of the difficulties living in the past 100 years.

Thank Bing M
Reviewed 23 November 2017

The oldest house is free to go through and is an off the beaten path. You must enter through the store and then head into the two room home. It's just 2 blocks from the Lorretto Chapel so easy walk.

Thank lakjmk
Reviewed 14 November 2017

Really not much to see as far as a house goes. Some of the artifacts are interesting. The entrance is free but on your way in and out you got through a shop.

Thank Kevin032452
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Redmond S
4 November 2017|
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Response from DeanMurphy2020 | Reviewed this property |
Redmond: I visited on a Monday, after touring the church. Don't expect this to be a mansion refurbished; it is a pioneer "hut" that has been preserved, but not restored. Keep in mind that houses then had only two rooms. The... More
13 April 2017|
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Response from auntoee | Reviewed this property |
just donation
1 January 2017|
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Response from peterglassman | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately I was there on a Monday and I do not remember seeing any sign with their hours. They have a gift shop so my guess is that they are open all the time. You may want to try calling them or look them up online.