Thanks for visiting us online! Our 2-hour Rancho Tour focuses on what life was like on an 1880s California rancho. During our "hands on" tour students will grind corn, churn butter, make tortillas, try their hand at roping a "steer", do old fashioned laundry and make their own brand. They will see the blacksmith shop and learn about its importance, as well as being guided through the barn, outbuildings and the Historic Leonis Adobe house built in 1844. While learing about the Leonis family, students will experience first-hand the challenges families faced without electricity, running water and motorized transportation. They will pump water from the original well and view various forms of transportation that relied on wagons and buggies. At the end of the tour, students are encouraged to visit our gift shop. Teachers, please fill out the form below to request a School Rancho Tour. Rancho Tours are geared specifically for students in first through fifth grades.
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School Tour Policies:
  • The cost of the tour for the 2020-2021 school year is $11.00 per person (students and designated chaperones); teacher and staff entry is complimentary.
  • $50 nonrefundable reservation fee due immediately after confirmation of tour - paid via check or credit card. This fee is deducted from the final tour balance.
  • The minimum number to operate the tour is 45 students. Schools with less than 45 students are requested to still fill out the tour request form and the tour coordinator will be in contact shortly.
  • Name tags are encouraged and very helpful.
  • Number of chaperones permitted will be set by School Tour Supervisor upon confirmation of tour.
  • Only Teachers are permitted to take photos during the tour. Group photos can be taken after the tour.
  • Due to time constraints, snack must be taken before arrival at the museum.
  • No student siblings or additional children permitted.
  • The school is responsible for arranging all transportation.
  • Arrive at the museum at 9:15am to organize groups.
  • Tours are approximately 2 hours. Starting at 9:30am and ending at 11:30am unless otherwise scheduled.
  • We schedule staff for our tours based on the number of students attending. If the student numbers increase or decrease by 8 students, please notify us immediately. If the total number decreases by more than 8 students and you do not inform us at least 48 business hours before your trip, you will be charged based on the last confirmed student numbers.
  • For more information please call (818) 222-6511 or email the staff at: schooltours@leonisadobemuseum.org
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