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Kit Carson Home & Museum

113 Kit Carson Rd, Taos, NM 87571-5949
+1 575-758-4945
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Lots of amazing history and they also gave directions to the grave site. With a little imagination... read more

Reviewed 9 May 2017
Janine F
American and New Mexico history all wrapped into one.

The home and museum are a joy to visit. New Mexico history is intertwined with Kit Carson. The... read more

Reviewed 26 April 2017
william n
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Christopher “Kit” Carson, is perhaps Taos' most famous and controversial resident. He was a fur trapper among the earliest Western explorers, a scout during the first mapping of pioneer trails, a cattle and sheep rancher, a transcontinental courier, U.S. Native American agent, and an officer in the United States Army. Yet he was more than any of those things. Some people say he was a hero who was instrumental in opening up the West. Others say he was a rugged frontiersman who understood the ways of Native Americans better than any other Westerner. Still others maintain that he was an Indian hater whose only interest was to fight and kill Native Americans. He never accepted any of these labels, and neither have modern biographers who have portrayed him as an enigmatic Purchased by Kit Carson for his bride Josefa in 1843, this 3-room adobe home displays artifacts, antique firearms and other pioneer belongings, Kit Carson memorabilia and an exhaustive supply of books about New Mexico.
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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113 Kit Carson Rd, Taos, NM 87571-5949
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Reviewed May 9, 2017

Lots of amazing history and they also gave directions to the grave site. With a little imagination you get the feel of the frontier living, cooking and living mainly outdoors due to the heat of the desert, and the wonderful family-life they would have enjoyed.

Thank Janine F
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Reviewed April 26, 2017

The home and museum are a joy to visit. New Mexico history is intertwined with Kit Carson. The story of New Mexico territory becoming part of the US has Kit Carson's footprint on it as well. The museum highlights his live, adventures as a scout,...More

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Reviewed April 18, 2017

The name Kit Carson didn't mean that much to me, he's not as well know as Daniel Boon or Lewis & Clarke.

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Reviewed April 13, 2017 via mobile

Stopped here on a whim... Admission was reasonable... Video excelled... Home and furnishings were mostly from that era 😀

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Reviewed March 20, 2017

Walking around Taos, we came across this small museum. What an interesting story is told here of a figure who is central to the history of the west. There is an informative video, many artifacts from his life and of the times, photos of him...More

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Reviewed March 19, 2017

The video did a graet job. Guft shop was cool. The museum and artifacts were cools. Good way to learn about the local history. Centrally located off the main drag in town and shares an alley with Taos Inn.

Thank Jennifer C
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Reviewed March 13, 2017 via mobile

Looks rather run down from the outside but is still being restored. Interesting film made by the History channel with Carson's great great grandson playing the man and looking uncannily like the original! Worth a look in.

Thank Sue H
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Reviewed March 10, 2017 via mobile

Kit Carson's story is a fascinating one of the old west. The curator of the museum didn't attempt to romanticize the man--- life in the west was hard. He was married three times and had many many children. In spite of his small stature he...More

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Reviewed March 9, 2017

October 21, 2016 - While touring various cities and sights in New Mexico, we had to visit Kit Carson's home and his grave. It only costs $7 adult or $6 senior to visit the house and museum. You enter the house off of a courtyard...More

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Reviewed March 1, 2017

The tour here starts with a 20 minute presentation on the life of Kit Carson. The home has been nicely restored. There are numerous displays of related artifacts. There is also a nice shop.

Thank Jim E
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Parking was a tough find while we visited the area, not that it does not exist. There is no direct parking for the museum. However, we were able to park in an open restaurant parking lot at no charge just a block or so to... More
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