The Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May through October and 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. November through April. We are also open other hours by arrangement and from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on holidays.
The Museum is closed on:
New Year’s Day
$10.00 – Adults
$8.00 – Seniors (62+)
$7.00 – Veterans, Teens and Students
$7.00 – Tour Groups of 5 or more people
Free to children 12 and under
Free to Kit Carson Home and Museum Members
Free to Taos County Residents every Sunday
Kit Carson is a Blue Star Museum Participant and Free to Active Duty Military and Families of Active Duty Military from Memorial Day Through Labor Day
The Kit Carson Home and Museum is located right in the middle of Taos, just off Highway 68 on Kit Carson Road and a short walk from Taos Plaza.
Click here for interactive Google Map for directions
COMPLEMENT YOUR VISIT
Our trained staff can recommend shopping, dining, lodging and other cultural sites to see during your visit to Taos – feel free to ask them! There are excellent galleries, shops, lodging and dining within walking minutes of the Museum.
We highly recommend seeing the Kit Carson Cemetery where you will see the graves of Taos’ famed citizens like Mabel Dodge Luhan and of course Kit and Josefa Carson.
We are in the process of of replacing the worn and shabby headstones. Learn more or donate at GoFundMe.
We also highly recommend visiting the Martinez Hacienda, which is a few miles out of town on Ranchitos Road. This historic site has been painstakingly restored to its original form. Seeing this prime example of New Mexico architecture and example of early New Mexican life is very worth the trip. Again, our staff can provide with details of visiting the site.
The Kit Carson Home and Museum is a registered National Historic Landmark, one of 46 in the State of New Mexico.
GUIDELINES FOR YOUR VISIT
The Kit Carson Home and Museum interior spaces are very old and historically important. We ask that you take care when viewing the Museum’s rooms.
Photographs inside the Museum are allowed, with consideration of other visitors. Photographs of the outside courtyard are encouraged!
We also ask that you take care when walking on the property and in the Museum.
The Museum is handicap accessible.
We will ask you to leave your large backpacks with our reliable gift shop staff during your visit.
We also ask that all food and drink be enjoyed outside the Museum in the historic courtyard.
The Kit Carson Home and Museum Restoration Fund
The Kit Carson Home and Museum is in desperate need of funds to repair the exterior walls of the enclosed historic courtyard, which stand in exactly the same footprint as during the life of Kit Carson. The scope of work will be:
Removal of the cement stucco on the exterior courtyard walls
Subsurface adobe masonry restoration of the original adobe bricks after stucco removal
Remudding of exterior adobe walls with traditional adobe mud plaster
Waterproof foundation of the south and west courtyard walls
We expect total funds required for these urgently needed repairs and restoration work will be $50,000.
The mission of the The Kit Carson Home and Museum is to inform the public about the life, accomplishments and experiences of Christopher “Kit” Carson and to preserve the Carson family home and artifacts for future generations. The Museum welcomes 20,000 visitors a year to the Kit Carson home from all over the world.
Much of the rich history of the American Southwest is here in Taos, and the original home of Kit Carson is part of that richness. The Kit Carson home was designated a National Landmark in 1963. The Museum is a partner with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
THANK YOU for your contribution to this important historic preservation project. All donors of $100.00 or more will receive a two-year free membership to the Museum. Help us preserve American history – it is our duty to protect our history and ensure the continuation of America’s stories for future generations.