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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. Use our Taos itinerary planner to visit Kit Carson Home & Museum on your trip to Taos, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Excellent video of Kit Carson's life. The home and displays are well done and informative. Staff is excellent. Gift shop has unique, interesting and reasonably priced items. Entrance and garden are be...  more »
  • Having heard some very interesting stories and opinions about Kit Carson, a visit to his house seemed in order. The house itself isn´t a great example of an historic home. Only one room, the kitchen, ...  more »
  • This museum is very small, just a couple of rooms. There are enough items to make it interesting though. I enjoyed learning about Kit Carson's life and times in early New Mexico. They show an interest...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This place was Kit Carson's Home, has a lovely gift shop and is also is very interesting. Worth the admission fee.
  • If you are a history fan of the southwest, this is a must see. Great price and even free for some folks!
  • Great local historic place

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Taos offers a wealth of accommodations right in town and in the surrounding area. Plenty of small inns, bed and breakfasts, and hotels lie in and around the business district, but your options greatly expand when you consider renting a small house or an apartment. Where you stay depends on what you come for. If you want to use Taos as a base for seeing local sites, opt for accommodation within the city limits. If you plan to spend most of your time in the mountains, the Valdez and Arroyo Seco areas are convenient. Staying between these areas and downtown puts you close to the Taos Pueblo Indian Lands.
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