Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 7th, 2011
All jokes aside about no one ever expecting any museum to ever make a profit anyway, the International Cryptozoology Museum of Portland, Maine, has been officially reorganized and recognized as a State of Maine nonprofit corporation. Verification arrived yesterday of our September 15th filing.
The short version of our mission is that we are “organized as a public benefit corporation for the purpose to educate, inform and share cryptozoological (the study of hidden or unknown animals) evidences, artifacts, replicas and popular cultural items with the general public, media, students, scholars and cryptozoologists from around the world.”
The International Cryptozoology Museum presently exists at 661 Congress Street, Portland, Maine (not Oregon, as some people think). The museum is moving to our new location around the corner at 11 Avon Street, during the next few weeks. We anticipate we will close the last week of October to recurate the collection in our larger space.
This 2009 photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette documented an earlier move. Loren Coleman of the International Cryptozoology Museum packs up artifacts along with volunteers Jeff and Jessica Meuse, who are helping Coleman with his move.
Our grand reopening is scheduled for Sunday, October 30, 2011, from noon to 6:00 pm. We shall have a new admission price starting in November, slightly higher for adults than what we have now. For the grand reopening, however, our admission price for everyone will be $2.00, with donations gratefully accepted.
If you can’t make it, assist us today, if you can:
And do visit us when you are in Maine!!
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. 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.