The International Cryptozoology Museum Portland, Maine

Bigfoot, big passion…

The World’s Only Cryptozoology Museum

Everyone loves Bigfoot  by Christa Thompson

Everyone loves Bigfoot by Christa Thompson

I wasn’t sure what to expect as I walked down Avon Street to the International Cryptozoology Museum. The only one of its kind, the museum showcases a bizarre, extraordinary and diligent collection of mythical and unusual creatures from around the world. In other words, if you’re looking for the Jersey Devil or Bigfoot, this is your best bet at finding them.

At first I wasn’t sold. I was not totally impressed with the museum itself, its artifacts crammed together like some sort of man-cave den, looked more like a collection of souvenirs acquired by founder and director Loren Coleman. However, I wasn’t so quick to give up either…and so I began to browse.

From leprechauns and gnomes to the Loch Ness Monster, this place really had it all. A Yeti, Bigfoot, the Jersey Devil and a mermaid… given the time, you could learn a great deal about these legendary and otherwise mythical creatures here. I was actually learning a lot, and most appreciatively, a lot about what The Fairytale Traveler writes about. Where else was I going to see a collection like this?

International Cryptozoology Museum

by Christa Thompson

The International Cryptozoology Museum was really proving to be quite a resource showcasing things like molds of Bigfoot’s tracks, and a hair sample of a Yeti. Thanks to Loren Coleman, and his bizarre (and seemingly similar to my own) passion for mythical creatures, I was able to get my inquiring mind full of information all in one place.

International Cryptozoology Museum

The Feegee Mermaid by Christa Thompson

Loren Coleman, now author of 17 books, has spent most of his life researching cryptozoology, more scientifically known as “the study of hidden animals”. Over the years he has collected replicas of such animals and any type of artifacts he can get his hands on. He is one of the few that are passionate about cryptozoology and probably the best and most educated source of all hidden animals.

International Cryptozoology Museum

Lucky Leprechauns… not like the scary ones from the movies by Christa Thompson

Overall, I felt like I hadn’t given the museum the respect it deserved. I do wish that the collection was better displayed, but I have to hand it to Loren, this is one hell of a collection, and you’re never going to see one like it anywhere. If I ever win the lotto, I’m donating a few million dollars to the renovation of this museum so Loren’s collection can get the exhibit that it deserves.


About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

24 Comments on this post

  1. […] …in Portland, Maine or anywhere else! But Christa Thompson, the Fairytale Traveler, has the scoop. […]

  2. […] of the lighthouses. However, I didn’t see any sea monsters, they would be better found at the International Cryptozoology Museum just up the road in […]

  3. haha so cool! Although I have to say that feegee mermaid is a wee bit creepy!

    Hannah / Reply
  4. YIKES Christa! Some of these are creepy :)

    Deb Meissner / Reply
  5. Haha I love things like this!

    A Southern Gypsy / Reply
  6. Well that was quite a strange tour of kitchy, cool and bizarre at the same time, but I’m sure it’s to be expected….love the creepy ones best!

    noelmorata / Reply
  7. Cool museum! Quite uhm freaky as well :-)

    antonette / Reply
  8. Some ARE creepy!

    Jessie Voigts / Reply
  9. aw, so cool and bizarre!! I’d definitely like to visit this place :)

    Serena / Reply
  10. What a totally random, and cool place to go. I’d be up for it, BUT that Feegee Mermaid…yikes thats scary.

    SJ @ Chasing the Donkey / Reply
  11. Wow this museum seems super cool! Kind of bizarre, but cool nonetheless!

  12. Totally interesting…I never am really looking for the Jersey Devil or Bigfoot. In fact I don’t even know the Jersey Devil lol but yes I do love me some big foot…totally interesting as I have heard of folk law and similar mythical creatures that my grands have sworn to seeing them selves…

    IntrovertlyBubbly / Reply
  13. Oh my GOODNESS! This is just too cool. I’ve never been and have always wanted to go to Maine, you know- to escape the miserable August in the south, nosh on some lobster, see the coastline… but now I have a calling to go! This museum looks so fun! I love the stuff you find!

    Lindsay / Reply
  14. I love especially the first photo. Great post.

    Sartenada / Reply

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