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“Very Knowledgeable Staff”

Governor Bent House and Museum
Ranked #80 of 99 things to do in Taos
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Owner description: Home of the first territorial governor of New Mexico, which features adobe architecture, 19th-century frontier artifacts and family furnishings.
Albuquerque Metro Area, New Mexico
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50 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Very Knowledgeable Staff”
Reviewed January 30, 2012

We got a private tour since the museum wasn't busy. The man running it gave us nearly an hour talk about Governor Bent and the history of the area. It was fascinating and informative.

It isn't a very big museum, but interesting.

Visited January 2012
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SF Bay Area
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89 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Not worth it”
Reviewed September 9, 2011

There are small, quirky museums that can give you a unique insight into a place. This isn't one of them. The owners of this private museum capitalize on their location in the house once occupied by the Bent family to lure people into handing over $3 (yes, their website is out of date) to see a hodge-podge of items with vaguely Western associations (and some inexplicable items like Inuit artifacts) laid out with no rhyme or reason - or, judging by the dust in some of the cases, maintenance. Someone who gave a darn could probably put together a decent exhibit by getting rid of the extraneous materials and tying the remainder together to tell a coherent story about early Taos, but this isn't it.

Visited May 2011
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West Chicago, Illinois
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131 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
“Fine way to kill some time”
Reviewed January 7, 2011

I visited the Governor Bent Museum on Saturday, July 24, 2010. This crammed, small museum, that has very little to do with Governor Bent (it was his house and you can read about it on some photocopied sheets in the first room of the museum), was actually a fun way to waste some time. Only $3. (Note that the website said $1, but it actually cost $3.) I don’t know how to describe it other than to say that there’s a bunch of interesting, old stuff piled high and displayed everywhere in the 3 or 4 small rooms. Certainly not a “must see” but if you’ve got the time, why not?

Keith

Visited July 2010
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Virginia
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36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Not much to see, but not expensive either”
Reviewed August 6, 2010

Story of the death of Governor Bent at the hands of Pueblo is told, but little else of significance is learned.

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Kansas City
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228 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Lots of History”
Reviewed July 27, 2009

This is a small musuem with a varied assortment of items. The best part is visiting with the manager of the musuem, George. He's very knowledgable about the area and easy to talk to.

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