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“Very funky museum!”

Governor Bent House and Museum
Ranked #78 of 100 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.
Boston, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Very funky museum!”
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 Carson's wife Josefa, and other women, in an effort to escape death. Governor Bent talked to the Native Americans who were rebelling, buying time for the escape, but at the cost of his life. (For a different point of view on these events, go to the Taos Pueblo.)

Visited April 2013
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Denver, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
344 reviews
166 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“It's okay!”
Reviewed April 5, 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 very large place either. Beware though they had yellow jackets in the front area. It's a nice place to stop if you have a few minutes and are looking to learn a few things.

Visited May 2012
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Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“worth 3 bucks and ten minutes”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

Loved it, they guy running it was awsome. Its worth hearing the crazy story about gov bent. Funny we came here on a dart throw and turns out gov. bent is the brother of bents fort back were we are from. well worth the 3 bucks to see a 8 legged goat.

Visited March 2013
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Fishkill, NY
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Small but unique museum”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

Like Kit Carson's home, Governer Bent's house is a part of Taos history. Be sure to have someone show you around and tell you a little about the revolt that led to Gov Bent's murder and his daughter's record of that day.

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Antonito, Colorado, United States
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“History Tucked Away”
Reviewed December 2, 2012

In between all the shops, you will find this little museum with a big story to tell. Very creative displays and interpretation, well laid out and compact. Don't pass it by when you are shopping in the John Dunne Shops because you would be passing up the chance to learn a little history of the Taos area and New Mexico.

Visited August 2012
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