Learning about Bigfoot in a museum is safer than meeting him in the forest and accidentally challenging him to a boxing match. Embrace Bigfoot without having to embrace his right hook today's Groupon. For $5, you get two admissions at the International Cryptozoology Museum, located in downtown Portland on Congress Street.
Featured in the USA Today and RoadsideAmerica.com and voted "Best Quirky Museum" in Maine by Yankee magazine, the International Cryptozoology Museum is devoted to studying baffling animals, legendary monsters, and other creatures not officially recognized by scientists. Curator and renowned cryptozoology expert Loren Coleman has penned 35 texts on the subject and gathered relevant artifacts for more than 50 years. Explore Coleman's findings at the museum, which including a towering 8-foot, 400-pound sculpture of Bigfoot, a trout with fur, and a model of Nessie, Visitors can also inspect a footprint cast and hair sample from the Abominable Snowman that was found from a Himalayan expedition in 1959, well before the Snowman's foray into R&B as DJ Yeti in the mid-'80s.
International Cryptozoology Museum
The logo for the International Cryptozoology Museum is a coelacanth, one of the science's great success stories. Believed to have gone extinct 65 million years ago, a specimen of the armored fish was caught off the coast of South Africa in 1938 and identified by museum curator Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer despite its false mustache. In the optimistic spirit of that amazing discovery, the International Cryptozoology Museum displays exhibits profiling such mysterious creatures as Sasquatch, the Loch Ness Monster, and the Jersey Devil, along with lesser known beasties such as the Dover Demon, the Montauk Monster, and the Fiji Mermaid.