It Is Official: International Cryptozoology Museum Is Nonprofit

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 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.

5 Responses to “It Is Official: International Cryptozoology Museum Is Nonprofit”

  1. bobzilla responds:

    Congratulations, Loren. In NJ, it took us over six months to get our non-profit for our animal shelter organization. they kept asking for more information.

    Glad it happened so quickly for you.


  2. PhotoExpert responds:

    Glad to see this come to fruition! Congratulations Loren!

  3. Bast responds:

    Fantastic news.

    I wish someone could make a film of the museum for us folks unable to make it up to ME. I’d be glad to purchase one!

  4. Loren Coleman responds:

    Thank you for asking, bro. It actually is a complex two-step process. We had to be granted “nonprofit status” by the State of Maine, and now the wait for the 501(c)3 process comes into play. We will be tax-deductible back to September 15, 2011, as soon as the paperwork on that goes through.

  5. KRJohnson responds:


    Thank you for giving Joe and me such a great tour of the museum on October 6th.

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