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.



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.

September 5 - October 16, 2016

Tuesday through Sunday; 11am - 3pm

October 17 - December 18, 2016

Friday through Sunday; 11am - 3pm

December 19, 2016 - April 23, 2017

Tuesday through Sunday; 11am - 3pm

April 24 - June 9, 2017

Friday through Sunday; 11am - 3pm


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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