Last updated: 11/16/2011
Portland, Maine
Street Address
11 Avon Street
Portland, ME 04010
Mailing Address
Post Office Box 4311
Portland, ME 04101
phone: 207-518-9496
Admissions and on-site donations are welcome. Greater donations will be appreciated to help with our on-going new design, larger space requirements, and additions to the collection we are making
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Loren Coleman, Director
phone: 207-518-9496
Jef Meuse, Board Member
phone: 207-251-2470

The museum is mentioned on the local tourist map, on the Duck Tours and sometimes during the scenic trolley and cruise-related rides. It is easy to find. We are located on the Portland Metro Bus Route 1, near Avon Street, on Congress Street. The Amtrak train from Boston arrives less than a mile from the museum, as do the major bus lines. It is a short cab ride from the train or bus stations. We are right off I-95, then off I-295, for those driving. Congress Street is a major throughfare in downtown Portland, and our Avon Street is right off Congress Street. We are located next to Joe’s Smoke Shop’s parking lot, down Congress Street from the Children’s Museum and the Portland Museum of Art. On-street parking is available nearby, or simply use the parking garage attached to the Eastland Hotel on High Street a couple blocks away, less than a 5-minute walk.

The new, expanded, enlarged location is now open at 11 Avon Street, Portland, Maine. This is just around the corner from our former 661 Congress Street location that we shared with the Green Hand bookstore. Please now use “11 Avon Street, Portland, Maine” for GPS purposes. The new reopening has occurred after the massive move and re-curating of the 3000+ artifacts, including the full-sized art sculptures of the Crookston Bigfoot, Freaky Links’ pterodactyl, P.T. Barnum’s FeeJee Mermaid, the Naden Harbor Caddy, and other cryptid replicas, evidence, and more.

The International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine, includes exhibits about cryptids (beyond Bigfoot & Nessie). We also features displays about the finds of “living fossils” and other classic animals of discovery — the successful cryptozoological stories. One of the most famous, of course, is the coelacanth, as featured in the ICM logo. We have a lifesize model in the museum.

Some of the items on exhibit are actual hair samples of Abominable Snowmen, Bigfoot, Yowie, and Orang Pendek. A letter from the actor Jimmy Stewart is on display as he is linked to the Pangboche Yeti hand mystery. Fecal matter from a small Yeti was collected by the Tom Slick-F. Kirk Johnson Snowman Expedition of 1959, and the ICM’s sample has been featured on three television series: In Search Of, MonsterQuest, and Mysteries at the Museum.

Oftentimes, various editions of the 35+ books by Loren Coleman are available, as well as other items for sale, in the ICM bookstore/gift shop. Autographs may be obtained, when the author is present, as he usually is, unless he is doing fieldwork or on location for a documentary taping.


The mission of the museum is to share the items cryptozoologically collected by Loren Coleman during the last half a century, with Mainers, New Englanders, out-of-town visitors, tourists, teachers, home-schoolers, researchers, scholars, professors, colleagues, students, documentary filmmakers, news people and the general public.

Artifact Collections

Loren Coleman's 50 year collection of cryptozoology artifacts. Over 1500 items.

Research Collections

50 years of artifacts.

Educational Programs

Please contact Loren Coleman for your educational lectures and classes.


Lecture Halls


Access: Staff Only

Appointment required: No


The ICM publishes a monthly newsletter.


Gift Shop

Online Gift Shop

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Group Tours

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