Edwin Carter Museum

Schedule & Cost

September - April
Free, $5 suggested donation

Parking Info

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.

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.

This museum contains information about Carter and his conservation 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.

History lovers and those interested in conservation. Also great for kids with several interactive exhibits and hands-on activities!

“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.”

Carter was terrified of a fire burning down his cabin and collection so he cleared many of the trees around his house museum.

Dates, times, and prices subject to change without notice. All activities weather dependent.