Edwin Carter Museum & Discovery Center

Naturalist Edwin Carter built his Breckenridge home in 1875 and became an early environmental activist.
Naturalist Edwin Carter built his Breckenridge home in 1875 and became an early environmental activist. | Town of Breckenridge

Staff writer

The Edwin Carter Museum & Discovery Center honors the Breckenridge pioneer and naturalist and is located in his home and workshop, which date back to 1875.

When he arrived in Breckenridge in 1868 as part of the Colorado Gold Rush, Carter became concerned that the flurry of mining activity was destroying the area’s wildlife.

Carter became a taxidermist and devoted his life to collecting and documenting the state’s birds and mammals. His 3,000 specimens, considered a state treasure, served as the foundation for the collection at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

Carter’s home and workshop are located in downtown Breckenridge. The property is owned by the town and operated by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance.

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Edwin Carter Museum
1111 N. Ridge St.
Breckenridge, CO 80424
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