Edwin Carter Discovery Center
Where to go
Where to park
There are a few designated museum parking spaces. Otherwise there is street and town lot parking; please visit the Breck park website for more information on current parking locations and fees.
Select private tours and hikes, and private museum openings are available at this time. Click here for guest information.
About the museum
Edwin Carter traveled west from New York and landed in Breckenridge to try his hand at mining. While he was moderately successful, he became distressed by the impact the mining industry was having on the natural flora and fauna. He changed course and dedicated himself to the preservation of the Rocky Mountain species because he believed they may go extinct. In the late 1800s this meant killing animals and preserving them through taxidermy. Learn about Carter's life and work and see a few of his original specimens.
What to expect
This house museum contains lots of information about Carter and his environmental preservation efforts. You may enjoy a self-guided experience through the museum with plenty to read and see. Or you may request a guided tour from the docent. And we always encourage questions! Plan to spend 30-90 minutes in this museum. Click here for more FAQs.
The museum is FREE to visit with a $5 suggested donation.
History lovers and those interested in conservation. Also great for kids with several interactive exhibits and hands-on activities!
What guests say
"Very nice little museum. Its a quick stop and it's very clean and well kept. The worker at the desk was very nice as well. Would definitely recommend if you're in the area!"
"Our family enjoyed this free museum and the hostess was very patient and kind. The displays are well done and fascinating. We enjoyed the taxidermy workshop and excellent examples of local wild game."
Did you know?
Carter was terrified of a fire burning down his cabin and collection so he cleared many of the trees around his house museum. Interesting, we have many photographs of him holding a cigar.
dates, times, and prices subject to change without notice; all activities weather dependent