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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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Very funky museum!

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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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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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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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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28 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 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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41 helpful votes 41 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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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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