“World's only cryptozoology museum”
The International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine, includes exhibits about cryptids (beyond Bigfoot & Nessie). We also features displays about the finds of “living fossils” and other classic animals of discovery — the successful cryptozoological stories. One of the most famous, of course, is the coelacanth, as featured in the ICM logo. We have a lifesize model in the museum. Ours is the world’s only cryptozoology museum. Come visit year-round this unique gem in the beautiful city of Portland, Maine. Join our nonprofit educational and scientific mission. The new exhibit of Megamouth #1, discovered in 1976 off Hawaii, was recently added. This is only the second scale model of this species in any museum collection in the world. The other is in Hawaii. We appeal to all ages, but the fact we can be enjoyed by children was acknowledged by the International Cryptozoology Museum being picked as one of the top five “Kid-Friendly Museums” in New England, in January 2012, by Yankee Magazine. We were voted #1 by the Maine Sunday Telegram’s Readers Poll, announced in June 2012 for the “Best of the Best Family Event Location.” Admission prices (cash or check only): Babies in your arms and/or in strollers (who neither walk or crawl) = Free Children (kids 12 and below) = $5.00 each Everyone else (13 and older) = $7.00 each An adult must accompany all children. Dropping off kids is not allowed. Please place your cellphones on vibrate. Thank you.
The International Cryptozoology Museum is a great way to spend an afternoon. The staff here is great and Loren is a renowned Cryptozoology expert (you've probably seen him in a few documentaries). Give this place a look to see all things weird, awesome, and slightly strange.
I really liked this museum. It is split into two parts--a section devoted to evidentiary and scientific information and a section devoted to cryptozoology in pop-culture. What I enjoyed most was that there was no agenda. This is a man's personal collection, which he is sharing with the public, and the displays don't make a point to convince you either way. They present the information and evidence, and you, as the guest, make the conclusions. The models were great, and there was a ton of information, accompanying the exhibits. True, if you just want to walk through and look at stuff, it may be underwhelming, but if you participate and read each exhibit, the place really comes alive. The staff was also very nice, and introduced us to the museum, and made themselves available for any questions. They even encourage photography and sharing, so that the information can reach those who might not visit, in contrast to most places that have a strict no photography policy. In summation, this is a cool, non-profit museum focused on public education--what is not to support in that?
Really great place! A man's personal collection that shows his passion for cryptic creatures. His wife is awesome! Def worth checking out:)
I don't mind at all that none of the stuff in the museum proves anything, but I still felt ripped off. About half of the exhibits are toys, movie promo material, or poorly made artistic representations. The place purports to represent scientific endeavor, but there was very little of that evident in the exhibits. It's not a bad place to kill 30 minutes on a lark, but it's kind of pricey for what it is.
Such a cool attraction. You have to be into this type of stuff to enjoy it but if this is your bag, you'll love it. We enjoyed talking with the staff and found them so knowledgeable. Great time.
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International Cryptozoology Museum
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