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“Fun way to spend an hour”

International Cryptozoology Museum
Ranked #78 of 159 things to do in Portland
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Owner description: Cryptozoology: The study of hidden or unknown animal such as; Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and Yeti. Come vist the only museum of it's type in the world! Over 50 years of collecting by Loren Coleman are displayed in the ICM. Let it be your gateway to adventure ....
Reviewed February 5, 2012

This museum is behind a store front and barely bigger than a room, but is packed full of oddities. The curator of the museum is well known an has been featured in many television shows. The tour is well worth the 5 to 7 dollar entrance fee.


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Reviewed January 30, 2012

Wanted to do something fun yet different with our teen son and found this interesting but bizarre museum in Portland,Maine. The curator and owner greeted us and asked some questions to check our knowledge on the subject of cryptozoology before we visited the displays.Then we wandered the front area that housed various skulls,moldings, stuffed animals, models and info regarding bigfoot and an odd sea creature. The back viewing room featured lots of collectible toys and "hoax" type of creatures (love the mermaid). Gave us some good chuckles! Also life size hairy model of bigfoot there that you can have your picture taken with!All in all was a fun place that took about 1 hour to go through and not bad for $7 each for the price.

1  Thank bobohawk
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

My 12 year old and I were looking for something interesting to do in the Portland area and stumbled upon this museum via Google.

This is a small but interesting stop if you're in the Portland area/city for the day. The owner and curator Loren Coleman gives a brief talk when you come into the museum space about what is Cryptozoology (in a nutshell it's the study of hidden animals - Bigfoot, Abominable Snowman). Loren explains that some things are real and are backed by scientific research and study while of course others might be things of folklore and imagination. This is a place you come to with an open mind!

There is a great life-sized Bigfoot here you can take your photo with as well as some very interesting research related artifacts of Bigfoot hair, plaster casts of footprints and other research documents and photos. Neat skulls of animals and interesting displays about animals. The museum houses quite a few life sized models including the coelacanth - sometimes called the Dinofish.

This museum also has some great "fake" finds like a jackalope and the feejee mermaid (I believe PT Barnum was it's claim to fame).

While small this museum is very nice and sure to keep children (and adults) interested. The owner is very personable and interesting. It would be a great stop if you're in downtown Portland visiting one of the other museums. We went through in about 25 minutes and plan on going back again!

The museum is easy to find if you use Avon Street on your GPS. It is diagonally across the street from the Portland Museum of Fine Arts and is behind Joe's Smoke Shop.

1  Thank Rumbledolly
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Reviewed January 2, 2012

in the back of a nice used book store is the very quirky collection of oddities some real and some seemed fake. If you like the weird, this is the place for you

Thank gashrink
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Reviewed December 26, 2011

It may be small but its worth the few bucks to visit.. lots of crazy cool stuff, go with an open mind and bring the kids and show your appreciation for the neat stuff you will see.

Thank wikkedme
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