Edwin Carter Museum

Edwin Carter Museum, Breckenridge: Hours, Address, Edwin Carter Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Edwin Carter Museum
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Speciality Museums • History Museums
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Believed to be the second oldest museum in all of Colorado, the Edwin Carter Museum is a free, must-stop for those in downtown Breckenridge. Carter was an early mid 1800's naturalist who practiced taxidermy as a way to preserve species for the future. He thought all Colorado animals would be extinct by the end of the 19th century due to pollution caused by mining. Today, the renovated museum features a theater with a 20 minute video about Carter along with interactive exhibits about gold mining, museum collections and other famous naturalists. There's a hands-on children's room where kids can "hunt" for animals like Carter using a spotting scope. The museum is free to visit; donations are appreciated. Public restrooms on site; museum parking available. Let one of our expert local guides share more with you about the man famously called Professor Carter. We are open for summer 2022!
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PhlegmMaster
Phoenix, AZ4,057 contributions
Oct 2017 • Solo
While walking around Breckenridge, I came across this small museum, or "Discovery Center."

I got to watch a video in one room that told the story of Mr. Carter...very cool!

This little cabin actually holds a decent amount of stuff: plenty of interesting artifacts, displays, and an assortment of stuffed animals.

The fact that it's free (donations accepted) earned this place its 5-star rating!
Written December 19, 2017
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RockyMtnfan
Colorado109 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
Edwin Carter wanted to preserve the fauna of the Colorado mountains for future generations because he knew mining was destroying the mountains. He killed and mounted over 330 different animals, and his collection was the basis of the Natural History Museum in Denver. There is an informative video of his life.
Written June 23, 2016
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Peggy F
Pittsburgh, PA88 contributions
Jun 2015 • Friends
I never heard his name before....and that surprised me. This cabin/house in Breckenridge was his home and his museum. His impact on the Breckenridge area was profound. Great place for families, as well as adults. Edwin Carter was world renowned in his day - and virtually forgotten in America. Kudoes to Breckenridge for bringing his story front and center once again.
Written July 8, 2015
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Paula B
Denver, CO63 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
Edwin Carter was a pioneer and naturalist who came to Colorado in 1868. He began a collection of all of the animals of his beloved adopted state, but when it began to overflow his cabin he sought a larger permanent home. In 1900, his collection became the beginning of what we know now as the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS) in City Park in Denver which opened in 1908. The Carter cabin and collection in Breckenridge are worth a visit for both nature and DMNS lovers.
Written June 15, 2015
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RileyPete
Aurora, CO254 contributions
Feb 2019 • Solo
This is a very interesting place to visit. Edwin Carter (according to info at the Center) journeyed to Colorado after leaving his native upstate New York. The video presented in the small theater space tells the story of how he became a fairly successful miner during the Colorado gold rush era. But more importantly, when he observed the destruction of the environment caused by hydraulic mining, he began collecting native animal and bird specimens because he believed they would become extinct due to their habitat destruction. He built the current log cabin museum to house his collection of over 3,000 animals, and sold his collection just prior to his death in 1900. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science owes its original start to the collection. The informative video is a bit lengthy, but take the time to watch it all. As you walk through the small museum and view the items and history on display, you’ll be glad you did.
Written February 13, 2019
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Thank you so much for sharing the history and details of Edwin Carter's life and numerous contributions to Breckenridge and Colorado. We hope you'll visit our other museums and enjoy a tour the next time your travels bring you to Breckenridge. BRECKENRIDGE HERITAGE ALLIANCE
Written February 21, 2019
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dtbuny
Littleton, CO63 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
Located off Main Street but easy stroll away. Offers insight into CO animals, taxidermy, and history. Well maintained with child interactive activities. Small museum that is worth the time. Historic building as well. Donations suggested.
Written October 29, 2016
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Tim_the_Enchanter417
Lake Forest, CA502 contributions
Jul 2016
Another free museum of Breckenridge that is interesting and has a story to tell. Unique change of heart, he was able to record the history of animals through killing and stuffing them, then making a museum. Many of his animals are at the Denver Museum, so they say. Still a great stop to see and the movie is very good.
Written August 5, 2016
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Hokieburg
Blacksburg, VA8 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
We stopped by on a jaunt around Breck and our kids loved the playground immediately in front of the museum. This helped exhaust before taking a brief tour of the well appointed, small museum. It's just the right size for kids and a helps everyone appreciate the historic context of Breckenridge. Very well done and worth your time. It takes anywhere between 5-45 minutes and it's free!
Written July 25, 2016
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Ballard L
Bainbridge Island, WA5 contributions
May 2016 • Friends
Impressive displays and interesting history of a miner who decided to collect animals, some now extinct, instead of continuing to mine.
Written May 16, 2016
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Gwenbry
Jackson, WI1,126 contributions
Jan 2016 • Solo
An interesting historic home of Mr Carter. He came in search of gold but became a naturalist, taxidermist and early environmentalist.
30 minutes sufficient to view film and the taxidermy on display. Free admission. Closed Mondays
Written January 14, 2016
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