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Kit Carson Home & Museum
Ranked #26 of 114 things to do in Taos
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 13, 2018

Taos Plaza and arts district. Interesting and fun. Nice shopping and art displays and studios. Great summer vacation area.
Bring some walking shoes. Go and have have some special made tea at Tea O Graphy on Kit Carson Street. And see the Kit Carson home and museum.

Thank David3302
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Reviewed January 1, 2018

Masons enter free to Kit Carson Home and Museum. In the first room, a movie documentary is interesting (even to kids) tells about Kit Carson. The three other rooms in this house are loaded with artifacts. The original front door to the house is boarded, so the entrance is in the back. Imagine Kit Carson, his children, and wives in the era and how they slept, ate, and functioned in this small house. The entrance is a bit pricy for what there is, but still worthwhile. Bathrooms are outside in another building. Don't miss Kit and his family graves two blocks away in the Kit Carson Park and Cemetery. You can recognize it by the flying American flag.

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Reviewed December 21, 2017

Architecture and history enthusiasts dream. Small collection, but significant and compelling. Museum staff knowledgeable and very willing to answer questions.

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Reviewed December 17, 2017

Small but interesting little museum located in Kit Carson's home. Some interesting artifacts and photos. Its a quicky so go by and see it.

Thank Frank C
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Reviewed November 17, 2017

This house museum is small, but interesting. The original main house comprised three rooms. There is an addition that was made by the family at a later date and a room that was converted into the modern gift shop. The tour starts with a History Chanel video on the early life of Kit Carson (20 min). There are lots of interesting artifacts from his life and related bits around the time. The museum is worth the $6 entry fee and the hour you spend inside, particularly if you are interested in Western history.

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