Kit Carson Home & Museum, Taos

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Once home to the famous cowboy, Kit Carson Home & Museum now hosts artifacts, antique firearms, and photos from Kit Carson's life. This National Historic Landmark housed the Carson family from 1843 to 1867, and today it preserves and educate visitors on the old way of life. Check out the adobe baking stove and drying rack, and admire Carson's belongings, including a U.S. Army sabre and scabbard, a Masonic hat, and a replica of a .50 caliber Hawkins rifle. In the beginning of the tour, be sure to watch the 20-minute video about the cowboy, and learn more by picking up reading material from the gift shop. To visit Kit Carson Home & Museum on your holiday in Taos, and find out what else Taos has to offer, use our Taos attractions planning app .
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  • September 21, 2017
    A great learning experience about Kit Carson. Excellent exhibit, plus short movie about his life. This will flesh out what we didn't get in High School American History class.  more »
  • September 15, 2017
    The tour and experience of visiting Kit Carson's home is amazing! The old frontier West has come alive for me in more ways than I can imagine. The story of Kit Carson from his childhood (growing up ne...  more »
  • September 13, 2017
    We finally visited this litte Museum and several trips to Taos over the years. It is the actual home of Kit Carson, making it very poignant when visualizing how the little inside space was utilized by...  more »
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  • June 12, 2017
    I highly recommend a visit to this museum. The gift shop is attractive and reasonably priced, and the artifacts illustrate the story of Kit Carson's amazing life. The latest donation: a huge, beautiful buffalo head that seems to emanate the spirit of the Plains. The docents are friendly and very informative. If you are a student of Western history, this tour is a must.
  • May 20, 2017
    I liked the house and the museum, however the docents are terribly rude. The first time I came by the docent was rude and made a snarky comment when asked if I could use a debit card for a small purchase. Came back a few days later and had a different docent, she had the audactity to shush me and two other women when we were talking loud. Did not realize I was still 12 years old and that shushing people was still acceptable especially when we all spent a lot of money there. Unfortunate hat these ladies are so terrible that they ruined the experience.
  • March 16, 2017
    This place was Kit Carson's Home, has a lovely gift shop and is also is very interesting. Worth the admission fee.
  • December 6, 2016
    If you are a history fan of the southwest, this is a must see. Great price and even free for some folks!
  • April 2, 2017
    Great local historic place

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