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Governor Bent House and Museum

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Address: 117 Bent St., Taos, NM
Phone Number: 505/758-2376

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
New Westminster, Canada

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Portland, Oregon
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75 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

After having visited the history museum in Santa Fe, I was looking forward to learning more about Governor Bent and his role in New Mexico's history. I should have read the reviews first. This house and museum felt more like a scaled-down Ripley's Believe it or Not, with the front part of the house given over to souvenir shop, and... More 

Thank Leebot
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

This museum is dim and rather dusty and does not really focus on Governor Bent. Has a hodge podge of random, unrelated items, such as an 8 legged lamb. A rather sketchy local was at the front desk complaining rather loudly about problems in his life to the person staffing the desk, with a few expletives thrown in. Big waste... More 

Thank Lisa J
Bear, Delaware
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182 reviews
122 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

While the museum is supposedly about Governor Bent, only one of the 4 rooms is actually devoted to his life and his family. The other three rooms are a mish mash of items the owners have collected over the years, ranging from mastodon bones, animal skulls and Indian artifacts to early ice skates, typewriters, lawn mowers and newspaper clippings. The... More 

Thank BearTraveler69
Westerville, Ohio
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325 reviews
146 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2016 via mobile

We didn't know what to expect here, and the person staffing the desk on a late Sunday afternoon was more interested in playing solitaire in his computer than helping visitors. There are a few interesting pieces of local history, but not much in the way of signage to group items and tell the interesting stories of what is on display.... More 

Thank AggieJoe79
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34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 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.

Thank janetplanet7
Denver, Colorado
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297 reviews
101 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 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

Thank Nate H
Long Island, New York
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80 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 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.

Thank Foodie P
Winchester Center, Connecticut
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29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 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.

Thank JAW06098
New Westminster, Canada
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60 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 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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Green Valley, Arizona
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30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 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

Thank Jim M

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