New York Discovers Cryptozoology

Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 20th, 2010

P.T. Barnum’s FeeJee Mermaid got people from all over to travel to New York City. Now the P.T. Barnum movie’s one and only FeeJee Mermaid might be assisting to get folks to travel to Maine. However, Bigfoot seems to be the big draw, most of the time.

New York Magazine has published their annual “Spring Travel 2010 – Six Vacation Ideas for Families.”

Here’s what they’re saying in New York about one location you all know about, nowadays:

Portland, Maine

Learn the truth about Bigfoot (maybe) and the right way to eat lobster.

Not that you’d ever mistake Portland for Brooklyn—not with that gorgeous, rugged scenery—but the Maine town’s population of scruffy artists, young families, and ardent locavores seems awfully familiar. After taking in downtown’s must-stops—there’s a great children’s museum next door to the Portland Museum of Art —meander down Congress Street to see the acrylic-and-pastel Johnny Cash portraits at Space Gallery and the oddball Bigfoot exhibit at the just-opened International Cryptozoology Museum….

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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.

3 Responses to “New York Discovers Cryptozoology”

  1. Ulysses responds:

    Sounds like a winner and a good draw for Out of Towners ! Might i suggest a diorama or perhaps an area themed display such as the one in the Roswell UFO Museum with the dead aliens, troops standing guard and the brightly lit UFO? Of course, it would be themed for a certain audience such if New Yorkers are the big draw this Summer perhaps ” Bigfoot In New York” with a National Enquirer look . The thing is there is a lot of info on just that as i need not even point out to the authorities of Bigfoot sightings in Upstate NY. Run with it and go with the Flatwoods Monster too before the movie comes out!

  2. Loren Coleman responds:

    Of course, the museum appeals to folks from all over New England and the world, far beyond New York City residents alone.

    Besides the six guys from Dublin, Ireland, who found their way to the museum on Tuesday, to film their documentary, two people, one a famous harmonica singer-songwriter, from Detroit, pinpointed the museum as the only place they wanted to visit in Portland. Also, a man tied to the American Museum of Natural History visited on Wednesday too. He was from Brooklyn. 🙂

  3. PhotoExpert responds:

    It is good to see that the ICM is getting the attention it deserves. It is winning awards at various online sites. People from other states and other countries are coming to visit and see what all the hype is about. Loren and the ICM made a donation to a local event to help out the community. And New York Magazine has listed it as a place to visit.

    It takes time to get the word out. However, in the case of the ICM, word and excitement is spreadiing rapidly. There is a hype connected with the ICM. And this is a good thing in terms of success. People want to know what all the hype or talk is about. That gets plugs on TV, radio, the internet, in newspapers and various magazines. Target audiences who have an interest in Cryptozoology hear or read about it. Then they start thinking, I would like to visit there and will keep that in mind. When the opportunity presents itself, they make arrangements to visit. And they are coming. With the warmer days of summer ahead, more people will be traveling, whether for business or pleasure. But that puts the ICM in their planner and on their schedule. I believe we should see larger turnouts for the ICM all through the summer. That is what it is all about.

    I am very happy New York Magazine had the foresight and wisdom to include the ICM in their publication. Kudos Loren! I am very happy about this bit of good news.

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