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Governor Bent House and Museum

117 Bent St., Taos, NM
505/758-2376
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Ranked #32 of 40 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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Boston, Ma
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8 reviews 8 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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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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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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Boston, Massachusetts
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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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57 helpful votes 57 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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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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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
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 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
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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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