Edwin Carter Museum
Restoration, exhibition design, and fabrication of Edwin Carter’s 1875 “log cabin museum.” Hands-on interactives invite visitors to heft gold’s density, spot wildlife concealed in a natural setting, wash dense ore from lighter minerals using a riffle tube, fit a tanned deer hide onto a taxidermic form, and more. The “Make Your Own Museum” computer interactive puts users in the curator’s shoes, posing the many challenges in creating a museum, like Edwin Carter did. Authentic Old West firearms, taxidermy implements, garments, containers, wall papers, and other goods were located and purchased to enhance the authenticity of Carter’s museum.
In 2010, the Carter Museum was the recipient of the prestigious Caroline Bancroft History Award from the Colorado Historical Society. The Museum has also received awards from the National Association of Interpretation and the American Association of Museums. Produced in collaboration with Exhibit Design Associates, Estes Park, Colorado and Harris Construction, Breckenridge, Colorado to Breckenridge’s exacting environmental standards. Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, client. Opened March, 2009.