May 18, 2014 was International Museum Day. In recognition of the day, Time Magazine published a broadly disseminated article, “10 Weird Museums of the World.” On the list, the International Cryptozoology Museum was named #7.
David Byrne of Talking Heads is set for the iconic photograph, in front of the ICM’s 8 ft tall Bigfoot, with Assistant Director Jeff Meuse.
Time wrote, “Cryptozoology is literally ‘the study of hidden animals’ and involves the search for animals whose existence has not been verified, like the Yeti or Bigfoot. This museum’s collection includes specimens and artifacts purportedly related to these types of mythical, unverified creatures. It includes everything from hair samples, fecal matter and native art — and it just might turn you into a Bigfoot believer.” Visit the website: International Cryptozoology Museum.
The Portland Press Herald did a followup article on May 20, 2014, about the honor, in the Bob Keyes-authored “Portland’s International Cryptozoology Museum named in ’10 weirdest museums’ list.”
The Time list is not the only instance in which the International Cryptozoology Museum has received notice on such gatherings.
On May 20, 2014, Mashable’s “26 Weird Museums to Visit for the Ultimate American Road Trip” starts with the International Cryptozoology Museum at #1, in Maine.
In February 2014, Moco-Choco placed us on their list of “Weird and Unusual Museums.”
The ICM was picked as one of the top five “Kid-Friendly Museums” in New England, in January 2012, by Yankee Magazine.
We were voted the #1 ”Best Place for Family Entertainment” in 2012′s Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram’s 26th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards.
International Cryptozoology Museum was CNN Travel’s #11 of “15 of the World’s Weirdest Museums,” in 2011.
The Museum was noted as the most unique museum (one and only) to visit in the “Best of USA” picks in the May 2011 issue of Reader’s Digest.
In October 2009, Huffington Post’s Travis Korte published a list of the “Ten ‘Cabinets of Curiosities’ and Unique Collections from around the World.” On their list was the International Cryptozoology Museum of Portland, Maine (at #8).
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