Oregon’s Bigfoot Museum Boasts the Largest Collection of Bigfoot Artifacts Worldwide

by | Jul 6, 2024 | Entertainment, Featured, Interesting, Northern Oregon, Things To Do, Travel, Weird Oregon

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Sasquatch, hairy man, ape man, the yeti... bigfoot goes by many names and has intrigued researchers and the general public as far back as the 1840s, and possibly even earlier than that. If you're intrigued by the legend of Bigfoot, then the North American Bigfoot Center in Boring, Oregon, is a must-visit destination. You'll get to explore fascinating exhibits, learn from experienced field researchers, and uncover some of the secrets of this elusive creature.

The North American Bigfoot Center In Boring, Oregon

Cliff Barackman holds up two paintings in front of a bigfoot statue at the North American Bigfoot Center.
Photo via the North American Bigfoot Center Facebook page.

The North American Bigfoot Center is the brainchild of Cliff Barackman, a seasoned Bigfoot researcher. His expeditions have taken him to 46 states and five continents, and as the evidence analyst on Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot, he's examined a lot of evidence of Bigfoot's existence. Cliff curates one of the largest collections of Bigfoot footprint and handprint casts worldwide, featuring impressions from North America, Asia, Australia, and Europe, some of which you can see at the North American Bigfoot Center in Boring. This center houses the largest public collection of Bigfoot evidence in the Pacific Northwest.

Exploring The North American Bigfoot Center And Museum

Exhibits at the North American Bigfoot Center.
Photo via the North American Bigfoot Center website.

The center offers a variety of experiences, starting with a gift store, which is a treasure trove for Bigfoot enthusiasts. Here you'll find Bigfoot and cryptozoology-themed items, including books, clothing, footprint casts, stickers, toys, socks, and more.

Adjacent to the gift store is the Information Center, where you can explore free exhibits showcasing artifacts and art related to Bigfoot lore. This area is perfect for those looking to learn more without spending a dime.

Exhibits at the North American Bigfoot Center.
Photo via the North American Bigfoot Center Facebook page.

For a more immersive experience you can visit the Exhibit Halls. Admission here gives you access to dozens of displays featuring a wide array of Bigfoot evidence and historical artifacts. The centerpiece of the hall is a life-sized sasquatch replica affectionately named "Murphy," which is a favorite for family photos.

What is bigfoot? Bigfoot is a myth, a legend, and possibly a very real but very elusive creature that lives in forests around the world. Many claim to have seen or encountered bigfoot (or even to have been kidnapped by one of these creatures), though few have evidence of these encounters.

Exhibits at the North American Bigfoot Center.
Photo via the North American Bigfoot Center Facebook page.

In addition to the exhibits, the Bigfoot Center features a small theater where you can watch short documentaries and films about Bigfoot. The displays themselves also incorporate multimedia elements to enhance your learning experience, including one display where you can hear the sounds of bigfoot.

Exhibits at the North American Bigfoot Center.
Photo via the North American Bigfoot Center Facebook page.

Is there any evidence of Bigfoot actually existing? Some have obtained video footage as far back as 1967, along with photos, castings of large footprints, vocal recordings, and hair and tissue samples. Sometimes these hair and tissue samples get sent off for DNA and the results come back inconclusive, or not relating to any creature currently known to science. The existence of Bigfoot remains a debate to this day.

Exhibits at the North American Bigfoot Center.
Photo via the North American Bigfoot Center website.

The North American Bigfoot Center is staffed by experienced field researchers who are always ready to answer your questions. Whether you're curious about the evidence, the animals they study, or the facilities themselves, you'll find knowledgeable staff eager to share their insights.

North American Bigfoot Center Information

  • Location: 31297 SE Hwy 26 in Boring, Oregon.
  • Hours: The center is open every day from 10 AM to 5 PM.
  • Admission: General admission is $8 for people thirteen and up. Seniors, kids twelve and under, active military and veterans get in for $6. Kids age five and under get in for free.
  • Get more information on the North American Bigfoot Center here.

Tip: Finding the North American Bigfoot Center can be a little hard. Look for the "Ashley’s" sign at the intersection of Hwy 26 and Hwy 212. Once you see the pizza place, the Chevron station, and Chester’s Pub, you're in the right spot.

Exhibits at the North American Bigfoot Center.
Photo via the North American Bigfoot Center website.

Are there any really weird facts about sasquatch? Some people have reported Bigfoots as having glowing red eyes. Others believe that they have the ability to turn invisible, or to come in and out of portals they can open up, making them elusive and hard to see or catch. At one point, even the FBI investigated bigfoot.

Have you ever seen or encountered a bigfoot? Share this with the friends and family you'd like to visit the North American Bigfoot Center with!


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Written By Jessica Tomlinson

Jessica Tomlinson is a native Oregonian currently living in Southern Oregon. She has been blogging since 2006. She loves nature, photography, hiking, camping, and exploring Oregon's wilds.

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