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Casa San Ysidro: The Gutierrez/Minge House
Ranked #3 of 9 things to do in Corrales
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Owner description: Operated by the Albuquerque Museum, this historic home features a varied collection of more than 1,300 items ranging from early Spanish-Colonial to 19th-century Victorian styles.
Reviewed 6 November 2011

As a descendant of the original colonists I am always thrilled to learn more about my history. The beautifully & thoughtfully preserved Casa San Ysidro is a treasure. The docent was very well informed and engaging.

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Reviewed 15 August 2011

This house was an old Spanish-colonial ranch at one time. Our docent named Joe was very good and entertaining. This is one of those places that may not be a trip highlight but nonetheless one you will be glad you took the time to see. My only disappointment was that we could not take pictures inside. It had something to do with the antique furnishings. Worth seeing!

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Reviewed 23 March 2011

I'm glad I finally got to see this house museum after several attempts. It is well worth the effort but I doubt that many people know about it and that fewer can get in to see it. The structure is a replica of a territorial/colonial era rancho that was constructed as a vehicle for displaying the material culture items from old Hispanic New Mexico collected by Ward Alan and Shirley Jolly Minge. The tour was interesting and the docent was knowledgeable about both the structure and the collection. Photography is not allowed and there didn't seem to be much available as published images of the rooms or the collection except on various web pages.

There are several stories or themes associated with the museum. The structure is worth the visit in its own right and, once you are inside the walls, it conveys a real feeling for the historical period. The collection includes a wide variety of household and work-related items displayed in the appropriate context of their use. The story of the Minges' collection and their efforts to recreate the proper display environment and their attention to detail is also interesting.

I'm not sure if there is any other place quite like it in the Albuquerque area but the restrictions and limited tours make it a little difficult for visitors to see what it has to offer. I think that this is a resource that could be put to greater use.

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Reviewed 24 September 2010

I visited Casa San Ysidro on Sunday afternoon, June 27, 2011. Fantastic and I wish I could remember the name of the docent who led the tour. She was extraordinarily knowledgeable and a terrific tour guide. This place seems to be a lesser known site but is entirely worthwhile for the history covered, the architecture present and the furnishings displayed. The original home dates to the 1870’s. In the 1900’s Alan and Shirley Minge worked to recreate an 1800’s rancho. Good stuff. The tour lasted about 1½ hours and the cost was $4.

Worth arranging your schedule to be able to visit, especially if you'll be in the Corrales area. Casa San Ysidro can only be seen with a guided tour so be sure to confirm on the website for available times. At the time of writing this review, tours are available Wednesday-Saturday at 9:30am and 1:30pm and on Sundays at 2pm. There is also a 10:30am tour on Saturdays in June, July and August. They are closed in December and January.

Note that this attraction in Corrales should be named 'Casa San Ysidro: The Gutiérrez-Minge House' and is run by the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History.

Thank KthSch
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