The International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine

I wasn’t sure what to expect as I walked down Avon Street to the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine. 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 among the oddities and rare zoological specimens. The museum was founded in 2003 as a family-friendly museum and preserves native art and contemporary souvenirs as part of its scientific and education mission.

 

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Everyone loves Bigfoot by Christa Thompson

 

My Visit to the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine

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

 

Irish folklore states that if you catch a leprechaun, a solitary fairy usually depicted as a little bearded man with a coat and hat, he may reveal his hidden pot of gold. If you ever see one, don’t glance away or he will disappear!

 

As easily as humans walk on land, gnomes are said to be able to move freely through the earth and if the sun’s rays hit his body, he will turn to stone. They are said to be guardians of precious stones and treasures hidden underground.

 

I was actually learning a lot at the International Cryptozoology Museum, 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 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.

 

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The Feegee Mermaid by Christa Thompson

 

Loren Coleman, now the 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.

 

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

 

Overall, I felt like I hadn’t given the Cryptozoology 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 else. 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.

 

Check out this gallery below with a few more images from my visit to the International Cryptozoology Museum!

 

 

Donations, admission, and purchases made in the gift store keep the Cryptozoology Museum open so be sure to get at least one of their rare souvenirs. Don’t worry about rushing through, patrons may stay for 30 minutes after closing.

 

If you are ever in Portland, MN, and want to explore the hidden, rare, and quite bizarre, I’d suggest visiting the International Cryptozoology Museum and taking a peek at their amazing collection. It is the only one of its kind and you will learn a lot of fascinating facts while gazing at the strange oddities that might haunt your nightmares.


About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 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

26 Comments on this post

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  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
  15. In my country Indonesia has a creepy creature, name is jenglot, likes a doll, small but its alive, become formely days come from the man who make agreement with the devil…type on youtube “jenglot”, if you lucky, you can looking who have that creature, type on “google” “jenglot”,if you need help me,contact to me to email : rizky_irwan@yahoo.com (I am just translate english to trader with Indonesia language,I am free guide to trader “you buy”),that jenglot look like still alive, because its theeht or fang, and hairy still live and long…contact of me, in my email. I promise I just wanna help you for put on your museum this creature.

    Ferry Hidayat / Reply
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