As part of my 26th birthday celebration on the 30th, I met my aunt for lunch at Asmara, a fantastic Eritrean restaurant, and then we went to the International Cryptozoology Museum. I had no idea this place existed until I came across a write up on the Maine Travel Maven blog – I knew it would be a perfect adventure for my birthday.
The museum surpassed my expectations. Cryptozoology is the study of “hidden” or legendary animals, such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and chupacabras. There were a ton of artifacts, fossils, Jackalopes, Fiji mermaids, you name it. We saw footage of a Bigfoot sighting and learned facts that indicate it was not an impostor but a true sighting. Look, it’s Bigfoot!
If you are curious, yes, I do now think that Bigfoot exists!
This is an ancient Japanese artifact that tells a story of creatures that were half-human, half-turtle – supposedly the idea for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles originated from this story.
Here are more pictures; check out the Fiji mermaid in the top middle:
If you come to Portland, I highly recommend checking out this museum for some variety to more touristy activities.
Later that night I went out with friends to continue celebrating. Somehow I came home with these random items – I swear I didn’t steal ANY of them. Looks like a fun night eh? 🙂
What are some unique museums that you’ve been to? Any I should add to my bucket list?