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Governor Bent House and Museum

117 Bent St, Taos, NM 87571-6075
+1 505-758-2376
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Historic Taos at it's best

When visiting Taos this is among the must see attractions. It gives you an opportunity to learn and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jon G
Lyons, Colorado
History covered in dust

Somehow this so-called museum ended up on my list of must-sees in Taos, probably because the house... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Bert V
Mainz, Germany
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Home of the first territorial governor of New Mexico, which features adobe architecture, 19th-century frontier artifacts and family furnishings.
  • Excellent13%
  • Very good18%
  • Average20%
  • Poor36%
  • Terrible13%
4 Sep 2016
“Historic site”
2 weeks ago
“Historic Taos at it's best”
117 Bent St, Taos, NM 87571-6075
+1 505-758-2376

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When visiting Taos this is among the must see attractions. It gives you an opportunity to learn and feel the rich history of Taos as you stand on the actual location upon which events transpired.

Thank Jon G
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Somehow this so-called museum ended up on my list of must-sees in Taos, probably because the house is on the "National Register of Historic Places". While this may be of interest to local (New Mexican) people, to people visting from abroad, this place isn't any...More

Thank Bert V
Reviewed 22 February 2017

I would not consider this a "Museum." I went expecting an educational experience. What I found was an odd collection of random items with little to no curation or helpful descriptions. The place is small, dark, dusty and messy. On the positive side, it only...More

Thank Traveler_J2018
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Poorly displayed and very dusty. It was too hard to figure out which objects related to Governor Bent.

Thank Lynn A
Reviewed 26 September 2016

This sloppily arranged museum was a crammed mismatch of old stuff, some of it worth seeing if it were to be better organized and labeled. We have shopped at thrift shops that are more orderly. Not worth the $3 entry fee. Nobody answers questions and...More

Thank Tommy M
Reviewed 5 September 2016

Governor Bent was killed and scalped here in the Taos Pueblo Revolt. There are period artifacts, newspaper articles, family pictures such. Admission is $3. I was there as Charles Bent was the brother of Julia Bent, first wife of Governor Lilburn Boggs of Missouri. Lilburn's...More

Thank David B
Reviewed 28 August 2016

My wife is a history hound. We had already been to the Governor Bent grave in Santa Fe earlier in the day, the excellent Bents Fort in Colorado some months ago and were following the Santa Fe trail in part on this trip. The museum...More

Thank Philip L
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Owner's Dad created this eclectic collection of mostly relevant but all charming items. It's a brief and very inexpensive break from shopping the plaza. Learned a lot about barbed wire and how governor Bent, the first American governor, was scalped. Just smile and enjoy.

Thank VerusX
Reviewed 9 August 2016

Definite must for any one interested in the history of Taos. The museum is full of an odd collection of items that do not all relate to the Bent family, but are still quite interesting. It's a little dark inside.

Thank incolourco
Reviewed 26 July 2016

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...More

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