Edwin Carter Discovery Center

Edwin Carter came to Breckenridge in 1868 seeking gold and fortune, but his goals changed when he saw the devastation mining had on the environment and local wildlife. Carter became a taxidermist and collected Rocky Mountain animal specimens in his museum, which doubled as his home. After his death, his collection of almost 3,300 specimens formed the nucleus of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The rehabilitated center honors the life and legacy of Carter, featuring interactive exhibits, a hands-on taxidermy workbench, a children's room and a theatre and is the recipient of several awards.

Please pardon our dust! The Town of Breckenridge is building public restrooms on the Carter Lawn so there is a bit of construction happening outside of the museum. The museum is OPEN for normal operating hours, however there is limited ADA access during construction. The project should be completed by mid-summer 2017.


You can watch this award-winning film about Carter and his legacy in the museum's theater room!

And this cool video documenting the displays in the Discovery Center!

Hours of Operation

This site is open year-round with seasonal schedules.

April 24 - June 9, 2017
Friday through Sunday; 11am - 3pm

June 10 - September 3, 2017
Tuesday through Sunday; 11am - 4pm


FREE, $5 Suggested Donation

Location & Directions

111 North Ridge Street Breckenridge, CO

From the Breckenridge Welcome Center (203 South Main Street), travel north on Main Street. Turn right onto Wellington Road and then turn right into the first alley. The museum and museum parking are on the left hand side.

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