Bates Opens Cryptozoology Exhibition

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 14th, 2006

The International Cryptozoology Museum (ICM) is sharing its contents through the end of 2006.

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Over 100 of some of the most significant large and small items from the ICM’s collection are included in my specific room at the new Bates College exhibition, “Cryptozoology: Out of Time Place Scale.” Then, in October, the objects from that gathering and the other artists’ collections move to Kansas City. The entire traveling exhibition will be there through January 2007.


Some of the items from the International Cryptozoology Museum’s collection, contained in my installation at Bates, probably will include: – 8 ft-tall, 500 pound “Crookston Bigfoot,” – hair and fecal samples from 1950s Yeti expeditions, – first public American replica of the Homo floresiensis skull, – Yosemite Killer Cary Stayner’s Bigfoot sketches, – Meganthropus and Gigantopithecus Krantz-replica skulls, – Homo erectus newyorkensis replica skull, – art representing Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents, and Mothman, – footcasts of Sasquatch, Yeti, Yowie, Thylacine, and Cryptid Cats, – unique one-of-a-kind cryptid figurines and unknown hominoid bronzes, – historic cryptozoology expedition flags, – Chupacabras wooden figures, – Okapi and Sasquatch 1940s’ enumerations, – rare American and foreign-language cryptozoology books, – rare paper collectibles, – Tom Slick-related objects, – and much more.

Expected late arrivals for the Bates exhibition include Yowie hair from Australia and an Orang Pendek cast from Sumatra.

The Lewiston, Maine, Bates College Museum of Art’s exhibition opens to the public on June 24th. If you think it is going to hold some surprises for cryptozoology students, just wait, it is going to knock the socks off the art world. Please see details in Bates’ introduction and through the visual gateway to the exhibit.

The Bates College Museum of Art will maintain their usual hours for the exhibition, as “Cryptozoology: Out of Time Place Scale” will fill the entire space of all the museum’s galleries. Those hours are: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM-5 PM. Location is 75 Russell Street, Lewiston, Maine 04240. The museum’s telephone number is 207-786-6158. Their directions are located, with a map, here.

Admittance is free, although donations are accepted. Artists, special guests, a few cryptozoologists, staff, and the Friends of the Museum will be given a special preview showing and reception on June 23rd. The general public opening is on June 24, 2006.

There is no gift shop, although a symposium next October 2006 will offer books, including a few copies only of the exhibition book, Cryptozoology: Out of Time Place Scale, for sale then.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

8 Responses to “Bates Opens Cryptozoology Exhibition”

  1. mauka responds:

    I live near there!!!!!

  2. iftheshoefits responds:

    Thats the Crookston Bigfoot behind you in the top photo is it not Loren? How tall are you, and should the replica be wider acording to most sightings?

  3. Loren Coleman responds:

    The Crookston Bigfoot is over 8 feet tall, but is on a landscaped artificial platform that is a half foot in height. Frankly, I look really short don’t I? Well, I used to be 5′ 10″ but I’ve shrunk in recent years and probably feeling the way I do today, I may be under 5′ 8.5″ in my bare feet.

    The width is over three feet for this Bigfoot model, but may appear smaller in the photo because I am standing about three feet in front of it.

    Sasquatch sightings document many varied and alleged dimensions, of course.

  4. Loren Coleman responds:

    Thanks to everyone for the personal messages. I don’t like to keep those on here too long, though, as I don’t want this to focus there. In three months…well…you see what I mean…

  5. twblack responds:

    The more people that becomes interested in crypto means we are just getting that much more help in finding the unknowns. Things like these are good for all of crypto.

  6. Mari responds:

    I would just love to see this exhibit. 🙁 Unfortunately I’m all the way in California…

    Will there be any internet sales of those limited-edition books, or is there any way I can get one if I’m stuck all the way over here on the west coast?

  7. Benjamin Radford responds:

    Sounds very cool! I can’t wait to see it.

  8. aaha responds:

    This should be the most extensive and prominent display of cryptozoology ever put forth. The tour or mobile museum is a fantastic idea.

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