Believed to be the second oldest museum in all of Colorado, the Edwin Carter Discovery Center 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 though 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 2021!