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Governor Bent House and Museum

117 Bent St., Taos, NM
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Ranked #28 of 39 attractions in Taos
Type: Historic Sites
Description: Home of the first territorial governor of New Mexico, which features adobe architecture, 19th-century frontier artifacts and family furnishings.
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Denver, Colorado
17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

My wife, 11 month old son and I stopped by the Governor Bent House and Museum during our visit in early September 2013. I was really looking forward to this Museum having just visited Bent's Fort and in a "Bent Kick". We paid out $3 per person, and the owner directed us to a stand with an 8.5" x 11"... More

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013 via mobile

Now I get that everyone has the right to make a buck, however this attraction left me feeling a bit ripped off. As is the way in Taos, this attraction also has a trinket shop where you pay the entry fee to enter the museum. The first room is cluttered with old items from about everywhere but Taos. There's typed... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

We stopped by this museum after seeing the Kit Carson Museum. It is a fabulous piece of history. The clerk there gave us a wonderful little tour. Told us a lot of history of the town and about the Carson and Bent homes. Definitely worth going. We loved all the items in the home. They had a collection of barb... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

Stepping into this museum is like travelling back into time. The collection of artifacts is eclectic, to say the least. A baby shark skeleton? All sorts of odd and old things that aren't associated with the Governor, his life, or times. Odd -- but interesting! The best part is the part of the wall that was scooped out by Kit... More

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Denver, Colorado
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115 reviews 115 reviews
62 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

It's definitely about a part of the history of this place. The gentleman that was working there can tell you plenty of interesting stories about the museum. There is a minimal fee to get in, but that helps to keep the doors open. The museum is a little rough around the edges, but it is interesting. It is not a... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Loved it, they guy running it was awsome. Its worth hearing the crazy story about gov bent. Funny we came here on a dart throw and turns out gov. bent is the brother of bents fort back were we are from. well worth the 3 bucks to see a 8 legged goat.

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Fishkill, NY
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Like Kit Carson's home, Governer Bent's house is a part of Taos history. Be sure to have someone show you around and tell you a little about the revolt that led to Gov Bent's murder and his daughter's record of that day.

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Antonito, Colorado, United States
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

In between all the shops, you will find this little museum with a big story to tell. Very creative displays and interpretation, well laid out and compact. Don't pass it by when you are shopping in the John Dunne Shops because you would be passing up the chance to learn a little history of the Taos area and New Mexico.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

This museum is small but stuffed with artifacts, some of them relevant to Governor Bent and many not. The visit was more than worth the small fee just to hear George talk about the history of the era. He was knowledgeable and anxious to share the information. It made for an unusual and interesting stop.

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Albuquerque NM
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Went and did a tour of the Gov.Bent museum on Bent street in Taos NM. Paper advertised as price being $1.00. When we got there, the unfriendly old guy charged us $3.00 each, but we paid as the place had some interesting stuff from the 1800's to the early 1900's. Basically 3 rooms stuffed with misc. stuff. Old tools, Gov.Bents... More

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