Meet the (non-) local wildlife
Not every museum greets its guests with an eight-foot-tall Bigfoot replica. Guarding the entry of the bizarrely offbeat exhibit, Bigfoot is just one of the dozens of “cryptids” showcased at the International Cryptozoology Museum. (For the uninitiated, cryptozoology is the study of hidden, semi-mythical animals that have yet to be officially discovered and documented.) Alongside Bigfoot, the museum has displays on other famous cryptids, chief among them the Chupacabra and the Loch Ness Monster. Loren Coleman, Maine’s leading cryptozoologist, has crammed the kitchen-sized space with more than 1200 items collected over the last 50-odd years. The author of more than 30 books on unusual and unexpected creatures, Coleman can tailor tours to visitors, personalizing the experience to your background and interests. There are one-of-a-kind movie props, and even casts of cryptid footprints (shown to “serious” cryptozoologists). Even the toys, like a Bigfoot action figure, take on new significance, as evidence of cryptids’ influence on popular culture.
International Cryptozoology Museum | 661 Congress St, Portland | 207.518.9496 |
When bad weather strikes, just go indoors!
By ANDREW STEINBEISER | June 16-25, 2010