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Address: 117 Bent St., Taos, NM
Phone Number: 505/758-2376
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Description: Home of the first territorial governor of New Mexico, which features adobe...
Home of the first territorial governor of New Mexico, which features adobe architecture, 19th-century frontier artifacts and family furnishings.
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Visited this attraction and found it to be a mess with no real focus or purpose. The only thing of any value whatsoever was a handout discussing when Gov Bent was killed. I... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed June 5, 2015
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Green Valley, Arizona
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Visited this attraction and found it to be a mess with no real focus or purpose. The only thing of any value whatsoever was a handout discussing when Gov Bent was killed. I would not waste my time or money to go to this attractioj

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The "museum" is what you'd expect to find in the 1930s (likely when it was assembled) of truly precious and sometimes silly (8 legged lamb taxidermed) pieces the Bent family had during it's stay there. Sadly Governor Bent was killed in an uprising but his family managed to dig their way through the adobe wall to escape. Fun little side... More 

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Augusta, GA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We are history buffs and are glad we did this house and museum because it kind of puts things together in the road to statehood for New Mexico; however, we were very disappointed in this collection of crazy things. You see the hole where Bent's wife, Kit Carson's wife and others escaped while Bent was being killed by arrows to... More 

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Aurora, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

For the tiny admission price of only $3 we got to explore this wonderful little place. It was a history and antiquities museum well worth the visit!

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Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This is not really a museum devoted to the history of the Bent family, or territorial Taos, as onemight expect. True, it is the "Bent House," but its more in tune with those demented roadside attractions, or highly eccentric personal collections of strange "stuff." The clerk/curator who greeted us regaled us with tales of his encounter with sasquatch, which was... More 

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Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I stopped by the Governor Bent museum/house by chance. Met a wonderful man inside who kept us fully entertained with his tales of sasquatch sightings. He was very engaging and interesting to talk to. We actually never made it to the museum part of the building ($3/person) but were told many wonderful stories of the past occupants and current hauntings.

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Boston, Ma
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I was looking forward to learn more about Taos's history, I'm coming from Europe. But this place is just full of old and dusty stuff (a lamb with 7 legs for instance). I thought it was a joke.

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 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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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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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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Additional Information about Governor Bent House and Museum

Address: Address: 117 Bent St., Taos, NM
Phone Number: 505/758-2376
Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Taos County  >  Taos

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