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Governor Bent House and Museum

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Address: 117 Bent St, Taos, NM 87571-6075
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+1 505-758-2376

Home of the first territorial governor of New Mexico, which features adobe...

Home of the first territorial governor of New Mexico, which features adobe architecture, 19th-century frontier artifacts and family furnishings.

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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... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2016
David B
Coral Gables, Florida

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Taos, New Mexico
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 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 costs $3 and we did get to see the hole in the wall where Mrs.... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
2 reviews
Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

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

Thank Lynn A
Roseville, California
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466 reviews
250 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
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 the ticket-taker is simply what he is, a ticket-taker. There are some interesting artifacts, especially... More 

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Coral Gables, Florida
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570 reviews
310 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 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 second wife was Panthea Grant Boone, granddaughter of Daniel Boone, and a cousin of my... More 

Thank David B
West Sussex, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 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 is the Governor Bent home where he was brutally murdered and scalped while still alive.... More 

Thank Philip L
Tucson, Arizona
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105 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 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
Bellville, Texas
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18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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
Portland, Oregon
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107 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 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 or Not, with the front part of the house given over to souvenir shop, and... More 

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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2016

This museum is dim and rather dusty and does not really focus on Governor Bent. Has a hodge podge of random, unrelated items, such as an 8 legged lamb. A rather sketchy local was at the front desk complaining rather loudly about problems in his life to the person staffing the desk, with a few expletives thrown in. Big waste... More 

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Bear, Delaware
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200 reviews
137 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2016

While the museum is supposedly about Governor Bent, only one of the 4 rooms is actually devoted to his life and his family. The other three rooms are a mish mash of items the owners have collected over the years, ranging from mastodon bones, animal skulls and Indian artifacts to early ice skates, typewriters, lawn mowers and newspaper clippings. The... More 

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