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10 Weirdest Museums You Really Should Visit


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International Cryptozoology Museum
Esau, the baby Bigfoot, can be seen at the International Cryptozoology Museum. International Cryptozoology Museum
Esau, the baby Bigfoot, can be seen at the International Cryptozoology Museum. International Cryptozoology Museum

Love the Loch Ness Monster? Silly over Sasquatch? Crushing on Chupacabra? Make a beeline to the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

There are more than 10,000 items in the museum's collection, which is devoted to the study of hidden or unknown animals. Notable items on exhibit include a baby Bigfoot, a fur-covered human-like doll, and dozens of plaster casts allegedly made from Bigfoot footprints. Also on display are the wooden feet the late Ray Wallace -- the man credited with coining the term "Bigfoot" -- used to make fake footprints, which he would later call attention to during a number of Bigfoot sightings [sources: Live Science, International Cryptozoology Museum].

Don't be fooled into thinking the International Cryptozoology Museum is all about Sasquatch, though. There is a sample of Yeti hair and plaster casts of the Louisiana's Honey Island Swamp Monster (later determined to be alligator prints), as well as a creepy movie prop of a "Fiji Mermaid," which was billed as part ape and part fish. The museum, which doesn't take itself too seriously, also stocks artifacts like a Jackalope, a fictional rabbit with antlers, and a fur-covered trout [source: Live Science].


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