MSNBC and Concierge.com, in conjunction with research from Atlas Obscura, has announced their picks for “7 of the World’s Weirdest Museums.” This Travel/Travel Destinations feature was posted to appear online today.
One of their choices is the International Cryptozoology Museum (ICM).
Here is what they have to say about the ICM:
International Cryptozoology Museum, Portland, Maine
Who should go: Conspiracy theorists who wish “The X Files” was still on the air
Expect the unexpected: Starting in 1960, Loren Coleman, the founder of the International Cryptozoology Museum, in Portland, began amassing an unrivaled assortment of evidence, ephemera, and art related to the sort of creatures you believed in as a child.
Curious collection: If you feel the need to examine hair samples, foot casts, and fecal matter from the supposed Crookston Bigfoot — or to have your picture taken in front of a hairy, eight-foot model of the creature — Coleman’s museum is the place to do it. While lake monsters, abominable snowmen, and other yet-to-be-discovered animals are the main event here, there are also movie props, notable fakes (such as P.T. Barnum’s Feejee Mermaid, made from a monkey and a fish sewn together), and replicas of peculiar creatures (like the coelacanth and megamouth shark) that really do exist.
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International Cryptozoology Museum
661 Congress Street
Tel: 207 518 9496
To read about the other six museums, please see the original source, here.
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