Edwin Carter Discovery Center


Closed; will reopen in June

Where to go

111 North Ridge St, Breckenridge, CO 80424

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. 

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

Face coverings are required and capacity limits are in effect.

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.

Best for

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

Our Mission: The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance preserves unique historic resources in the Breckenridge area and connects residents and visitors to our past through inspiring interpretation of heritage sites and stories.


Our Vision: The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance is a community-supported, nationally-recognized non-profit leader in local historic preservation, interpretation and authentic heritage tourism.



Mailing Address:  PO Box 2460

Welcome Center:  203 South Main Street

Administrative Office:  309 North Main Street

Breckenridge, CO 80424

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