Awards & Accolades

The International Cryptozoology Museum has been given many awards and been chosen to be on “top lists.”

As soon as the Museum relocated to downtown Portland in 2009, the media noticed and it was featured in the USA Today and

In October 2009, Huffington Post’s Travis Korte published a list of the “Ten ‘Cabinets of Curiosities’ and Unique Collections from around the World.” On their list was the International Cryptozoology Museum of Portland, Maine (#8).

The Museum won the Portland Phoenix’s 2010 “Best Museum of Portland” designation.


Hot on the heels of the Portland Phoenix’s “Best of 2010″ readers’ awards for “Best Museum of Portland” and “Best Local Author,” for the International Cryptozoology Museum and Loren Coleman, there was more good news.

BestOfNewEnglandThe famed regional journal Yankee Magazine gave one of their Editor’s 2010 Choice Awards for the “Best of New England” to the International Cryptozoology Museum. The award was for “Best Quirky Museum.” The definition of quirky is idiosyncraticoffbeateccentricunusualunconventionalunorthodox, and strange. We were honored.

Here’s their write-up:

Best Quirky Museum THE INTERNATIONAL CRYPTOZOOLOGY MUSEUM, Portland [Maine] An 8-foot-tall Bigfoot greets visitors at Loren Coleman’s museum. He’s a renowned expert in cryptozoology, the story of hidden animals, such as the Loch Ness Monster and the Abominable Snowman.”

In October 2010, MSNBC and, in conjunction with research from Atlas Obscura, announced their picks for “7 of the World’s Weirdest Museums.” The Travel/Travel Destinations feature was posted widely online.

The Museum was noted as the most unique museum (one and only) to visit in the “Best of USA” picks in the May 2011 issue of Reader’s Digest.

Channel 5 Boston placed the International Cryptozoology Museum on their “Top Ten” list at #4, in its “Top Ten Reasons Maine Is Tops,” for 2011.

The Museum was picked for CNN’s 2011 list of “15 of the World’s Weirdest Museums.”

The ICM was picked as one of the top five “Kid-Friendly Museums” in New England, in January 2012, by Yankee Magazine.

We were voted the #1 ”Best Place for Family Entertainment” in 2012’s Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram’s 26th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

In February 2014, Moco-Choco placed us on their list of “Weird and Unusual Museums.”

May 18, 2014 was International Museum Day. In recognition of the day, Time Magazine published a broadly disseminated article, “10 Weird Museums of the World.” On the list, the International Cryptozoology Museum was named #7.

The June 2014 article, “10 Museums You Need To Visit On Your Next Road Trip Across America,” by Diply/Different Solutions, listed in “no specific order,” the Museum as #1.

In March 2015, Travel & Leisure published their list of “20 Quirkiest Cities in America” included a prominent mention of the Museum:

Travel & Leisure March 2015