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Address: 117 Bent St., Taos, NM
Phone Number: 505/758-2376
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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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Interesting, but not much of a museum

We decided to pay the $3 each and visit the Governor Bent house and museum. The first room was interesting, as it gave some insight into Governor Bent, and in particular the way... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
Skyrider_West
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New Westminster, Canada

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janetplanet7
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34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We were really disappointed in this museum. Kind of a hodge podge. Really, the only thing worth seeing is the hole in the wall and reading his son's account of the night Governor Bent was killed.

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Thank janetplanet7
Denver, Colorado
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293 reviews
100 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

With all the history in Taos, this is one you can walk right on by. More of a gift shop than a real museum, Kit Carson's museum offers more for the history buff, the pueblo offers more than either

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Thank Nate H
Long Island, New York
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61 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Not much there - and not well kept up. The most interesting part was the hole in the wall which is supposedly where Gov. Bent's family hid when they were attacked. The story of the attack is questionable, when you here the different version that the Taos Pueblo tell. Very disappointed.

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Thank Foodie P
Winchester Center, Connecticut
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14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Do not waste your time or money on this place. It is just a collection of junk. No real exhibits. No interpretation of the so called artifacts.

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Thank JAW06098
New Westminster, Canada
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60 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

We decided to pay the $3 each and visit the Governor Bent house and museum. The first room was interesting, as it gave some insight into Governor Bent, and in particular the way he met his untimely death. Still, this was garnered from reading a piece of typewritten paper posted on an easel. Most of the rest of the (rather... More 

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1 Thank Skyrider_West
Green Valley, Arizona
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 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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Thank Italian512
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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51 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
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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Thank Pauline E
Augusta, GA
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936 reviews
443 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 387 helpful votes
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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Thank Kay M
Aurora, Colorado
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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Thank Dayna S
Texas
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44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 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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