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

Hours of Operation:

October 19, 2015 - December 20, 2015

Friday through Sunday; 11am - 3pm

December 21, 2015 - April 24, 2016

Tuesday through Sunday; 11am - 3pm

April 25, 2016 - June 11, 2016

Friday through Sunday; 11am - 3pm

This site is open year-round, but our schedule changes seasonally. Please check back; we will post our Summer 2016 schedule when it is finalized.


FREE, $5 Suggested Donation


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.