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“Fascinating historian in charge”

Governor Bent House and Museum
Ranked #73 of 93 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.
Little Rock, Arkansas
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fascinating historian in charge”
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.

Visited August 2012
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Albuquerque NM
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Grumpy old guy hated being there.”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

Went and did a tour of the Gov.Bent museum on Bent street in Taos NM. Paper advertised as price being $1.00. When we got there, the unfriendly old guy charged us $3.00 each, but we paid as the place had some interesting stuff from the 1800's to the early 1900's. Basically 3 rooms stuffed with misc. stuff. Old tools, Gov.Bents piano. Old dresses. Skinned snakes and a weird shark? 6 legged lamb. Lot of photos and old newspaper articles. Was pretty interesting. Wish the grumpy old guy had something to share. He probably had some knowledge about the stuff and would have made the museum a little more interesting.

Visited September 2012
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Texas
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Quirky place and worth a visit”
Reviewed July 10, 2012

We spend a month in Taos every summer, and we always visit the Bent Museum. My daughter calls it "that funky place where people tried to claw their way out during an attack." It has some unusual, if not really relative, artifacts (8 legged lamb) as well as a few original pieces like clothing and furniture. It's not a world-class museum, but the attendant was well-read and very informative. I like it and think it's worth a $3 visit.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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104 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Guy behind the counter was terrific”
Reviewed July 3, 2012

We wandered into the museum gift shop and struck up a conversation with the gentleman behind the counter. It was unclear if he just worked there or was the proprietor. In either case, it turns out that he is an incredibly well read historian and recounted all sort of history about the Governor, local Indians, Kit Carson, Spanish settlers....really impressive.

Visited July 2012
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Oberlin, Ohio
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“disappointing”
Reviewed May 8, 2012

overstuffed with a too talktative attendant, who would not let me browse on my own

Visited April 2012
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