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Kit Carson Home & Museum, Taos
(3.7/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Kit Carson's actual home. Guided tour was excellent, home contains many period relics and provides a real sense of what life was like during the pioneer days. Within walking distance of Taos Square - ...  more »
  • Watch the video presentation before you tour home, it gives you a peek about some things about him you won't know otherwise. It's very well restored. 
  • The museum is small, but gives a good history of Kit Carson's life and the life of a 19th century western pioneer. The video gives a good history of his life. 
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  • My life is forever changed from my visit to Kit Carson's home. After reading a book written by Hampton Sides, titled "Blood and Thunder" I became interested in the life of Kit Carson. I took a car trip tracing as close as possible the Santa Fe Trail from Franklin, Missouri where Kit grew up, all the way to the end of the trail in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where Kit journeyed with a wagon train to in 1826, when he was onlt sixteen years old. I was inspired by his life story in Sides' excellently written book, and then even more so when I visited his home in Taos. I feel as if I know Kit Carson now. Every true-blooded American should know of Kit Carson's life and deeds! He was truly one of America's greatest men, who helped to forge this country into the United States of America!!!
  • This place is A very nice place to visit and Eat....
  • Some people just aren't history buffs. It's hard for many of us to understand that this simple 4 rooms plus a stable was actually the complete home of a pioneer in our history. There was, besides the stable, a children's room, a bedroom, a kitchen, and a parlor which served as a guest bedroom and an office in his official capacity. Kit survived his first wife, who bore him two daughters. One daughter died when she fell into boiling water. His second wife (Native American) divorced him and his third wife (Mexican) lived with him over twenty five years in this home in Taos. This is a privately run museum by a couple who serve the memory of Kit Carson and charge reasonably to witness the real thing. We were charged more for a state-run museum with less historically speaking. If you want more quantity, read his exploits; he was a man of substance, not flash nor things. Oh, and that video starred Kit Carson's great grandson as Kit. Same deep blue eyes and slight stature as the real man.