Chasing the trail of Bigfoot is certainly a fun dive into cryptozoology and makes for the perfect road trip across the country. While there are Bigfoot sightings all over not only the United States, but all over the world, actual Bigfoot museums in America are a little more spread out unfortunately.
I can’t quite say when my obsession with Bigfoot began, but I can confidently say that I’ve passed it onto my children! My husband and I certainly enjoy the mystery behind the elusive Sasquatch, but more importantly, I’m fascinated by the science that is being collected on him.
In fact one year I even drove out to meet up with my girlfriends at the Ohio Bigfoot Conference to meet Bob Gimlin, a celebrity in the Bigfoot world. If life allowed I would be visiting every year!
Below are Bigfoot museums and research centers in the US! If you know of one not listed below please let me know as I am trying to keep this information updated! Due to the nature of many times small self-funded centers, please verify that the location is open before visiting.
Expedition: Bigfoot! The Sasquatch Museum – Cherry Log, Georgia
Touted as the “BIGGEST” family attraction in Georgia (get it – BIGFOOT = BIGGEST?!), Expedition Bigfoot (AKA The Sasquatch Museum) is located approximately 90 miles north of Atlanta and is open daily except for main federal holidays. Make sure you allot about an hour of time for browsing this 3700 square feet self-guided exhibits museum.
But it’s much more than a museum. It’s also a research & reporting center. Inside you’ll find life-sized and interactive exhibits, the country’s largest permanent display of footprint casts, a “sasquatch” theater, and even the world’s only Bigfoot Research & Tech Vehicle! Don’t forget to check out their gift shop full of all your favorite Sasquatch gifts!
You can take strollers into the museum, but not pets. You can also take photos and video in the museum, although they kindly request that you do not do full video tours. They do not have RV, trailer or bus parking so please plan accordingly. At the time of this posting active military personnel are free with ID.
They are very active on Facebook here if you want to stay connected with local Bigfoot sightings!
Bigfoot Adventure Outpost – Blue Ridge, Georgia
I haven’t been to the Bigfoot Adventure Outpost, but I have heard if you’re in the area it’s worth a quick stop in. I’m unsure, however, whether it is still open, so might be worth asking around the area! If you know, please leave a comment for me! It was started by the same family as the Expedition: Bigfoot! museum above, but covers other cryptozoology research.
Texas Bigfoot Research Center & Museum – Jefferson, Texas
While not an official location yet, Texas has a strong line of Bigfoot researchers and enthusiasts! This group is very active on Facebook so keep an eye on their page if you’re in the area looking for something Squatchy to do or museum updates. You can also watch the East Texas and South Texas Bigfoot Research Organization Facebook groups.
Bigfoot Crossroads of America Museum & Research Center – Hastings, Nebraska
The Nebraska Bigfoot Crossroads of America is a small museum with very a dedicated mindset and connections to a surprisingly planned annual Bigfoot conference! It’s definitely a great spot for those curious about Bigfoot to get out and stretch their legs while dipping their toes into the “wild” side of life! They are active on Facebook and will flood your feed with cozy Bigfoot inspiration!
Bigfoot Discovery Museum – Felton, California
You’ll find the Bigfoot Discovery Museum just outside the city of Santa Cruz, near Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. The area is one of the most dense Bigfoot sightings in the world!
This community minded museum is FREE and instead offers a membership to help fund their mission. They are closed on Tuesdays, which is coincidentally the day I was driving in the general vicinity as part of our 9000 mile road trip. To say I was disappointed was an understatement! However it is a very small museum and was pretty far out of my way so I saved myself a few extra hours.
In this little museum you’ll find your typical Bigfoot sightings records, footprint casts, and encouragement for wildlife and environmental conservation in honor of our elusive primate we all love.
Willow Creek-China Flat Museum – Willow Creek, California
If you didn’t know to look for it, you might miss the fact that the Willow Creek-China Flat Museum not only highlights the history of logging in and around Willow Creek, but there is an entire building dedicated to Bigfoot! On the grounds you’ll find a complete replication of a miner’s cabin as well as your typical Bigfoot exhibits full of newspaper articles, castings, maps of sightings and more.
It’s a natural mixture of the elusive Sasquatch infused with local mining and logging history.
North American Bigfoot Center – Boring, Oregon
The North American Bigfoot Center is a well done beautiful museum entirely dedicated to Bigfoot about 50 minutes southeast of Portland. In fact there’s even a life-sized statue perfect for family photos! You won’t want to miss their dozens of exhibits as well as short documentaries and films in their small theater.
As expected in the Pacific Northwest, you’ll find a great Bigfoot gift shop on site as well!
International Cryptozoology Center – Portland & Bangor, Maine
Touted as the world’s only cryptozoology museum, the two story International Cryptozoology Center has long been on my bucket list to see – and now has a location in Portland and in Bangor!
As seen in the title, this museum preserves artifacts and sightings beyond just Bigfoot, but also covers folk traditions, art and anthropological acknowledgements throughout cryptozoology. Amidst the thousands of items in the exhibits are actual hair samples of the legendary abominable snowmen, bigfoot, yowie, and orang pendek. You’ll also find exhibits covering the Dover Demon, Montauk Monster, Jersey Devil, Thylacine, coelacanth, skunk apes, Nessie and more!
They do allow photos, but not videos in their museum.
Honorable Mentions & Bigfoot Gift Shops:
Marion Bigfoot Festival – Marion, North Carolina
This 5 block long annual spring Bigfoot festival is packed full of everything from vendors with Sasquatch souvenirs, speakers and researchers, enthusiasts, local expeditions into the woods, and other fun activities for those that love this legendary creature.
Legend of Bigfoot Gift Shop – Garberville, California (HWY 101)
While on our epic 9000 mile road trip I came across the Legend of Bigfoot Gift Shop and it is AMAZING! I totally geeked out when I discovered it and I left with the most amazing pair of fluffy Bigfoot socks that I still use in the winter 5 years later! It’s right off of the Pacific Coast Highway tucked away under the Redwoods. It’s definitely worth the drive out!
Sasquatch the Legend – Forks, Washington
This awesome little store in Forks, Washington also has a theater room and podcast studio and an 8.5 foot tall Sasquatch for photo opps! Every spring there is also a “Sasquatch Days” convention if you happen to be in the area!
Freakybuttrue Pecularium – Portland, Oregon
Not completely dedicated to Bigfoot, but you absolutely will find yourself on a wild ride in this weird and quirky museum dedicated to aliens, cryptozoology, and the zany side of life. You decide for yourself what is fact or fiction in this little touristy spot.
Ripley’s Believe it or Not – Various Locations
Loving the weird and quirky falls right in line with the intrigue of Bigfoot. Once upon a time we had the goal of visiting every Ripley’s in the country. I’ve only made it to 8 locations, but many of them do have a Bigfoot statue. So if you’re in the area near a Ripley’s and want a cool Sasquatch photo opp – it’s worth a shot to call them and see if they have a Bigfoot!