Top Three History Museums in Breckenridge

June 07, 2019 | Category: Making History Happen

Enrich your vacation with a deeper understanding of Breckenridge through a visit to one of our history museums. Why does Breckenridge have such an outstanding trail system today?  How did skiing get started? Who was Barney Ford and why did he build a house without a kitchen? Learn more about Breckenridge’s past, from the earliest gold discoveries to the founding of the Breckenridge Ski Resort with these top three history museums in Breckenridge.

Welcome Center Museum; 203 South Main Street

Visitor information center meets museum at the Breckenridge Welcome Center, the perfect first stop in Breckenridge to find out about activities today and information about yesteryear. Breckenridge’s history is complex and includes many voices and eras. Learn about the history of the Ute people who once traversed this area, the way water has affected life in the high country, and see a dazzling display of objects that embody Breckenridge’s ski history. You can also step back in time with our 1888 virtual reality experience led by Edwin Carter or enjoy short films about all things Breckenridge. 



Interior photo of the Barney Ford parlor room.

Barney Ford Museum; 111 East Washington Avenue

Visit one of the finest Victorian homes in Breckenridge and learn the humble-to-honored story of Barney Ford, who escaped enslavement in the South to become one of Colorado’s leading citizens. Upon making his fortune in mining and hospitality, Ford built a beautiful house set back from Main Street. Our guided tours provide insights into Ford’s life and rise to fame and fortune. 





Exterior photo of the Edwin Carter Museum with aspen leaves in the foreground.Edwin Carter Museum; 111 North Ridge Street

Discover the wide array of wildlife in the Breckenridge area during the time of Professor Edwin Carter. Typical of the Victorian era, Carter harvested and mounted most of the animals and birds found here as a way to preserve them. Carter was well ahead of his time, concerned about loss of species and habitat caused by mining activities. This museum is popular with families thanks to the interactive exhibits, children’s room, taxidermy workbench, and stories in the theater. Located near Prospector Park this museum is a great spot to check out central Breckenridge and you can even enjoy a picnic on the front lawn.

Museums are free with a suggested donation of $5 per adult. Open year-round with seasonal schedules. Please check out our website for the current schedule!


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