Museum of the Weird owner Steve Busti stands by the original Minnesota Iceman.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Long Lost “Minnesota Iceman” Resurfaces… in Austin, Texas!
Austin, TX (MUSEUM OF THE WEIRD) June 26, 2013 ––– Museum of the Weird owner Steve Busti announced today that the infamous “frozen caveman” exhibit that toured around the country in the late 60’s and early 70’s is currently in his possession and will be exhibited to the world once again in his Austin, Texas tourist attraction, just in time for the Fourth of July weekend.
The strange tale of the Minnesota Iceman begins in 1968. A carnival attraction then being billed as “The Siberskoye Creature” began showing up at malls and fairgrounds across America. Also known as “The Creature In Ice,” the exhibit appeared to be the body of a hairy Neanderthal or Bigfoot-like monster frozen in a solid block of ice inside a refrigerated coffin.
The “Iceman” soon garnered the attention of scientists, the Smithsonian Institution, and even the FBI, who all wanted to get their hands on the creature. Then, as suddenly as it appeared, the Iceman seemed to mysteriously vanish without a trace, and along with it all hopes of ever having the body thoroughly examined.
Over the ensuing decades the enigma of the Minnesota Iceman, as it were later to be called, became the subject of many books, lectures and television shows including Unsolved Mysteries and Animal X. The story grew to near legendary status among the generation that remembered seeing it, and for over three decades the mystery of whatever happened to it became as much an open question as whatever “IT” actually was.
Now, after many years of its whereabouts being unknown, the long enduring mystery of “Where is the Minnesota Iceman?” can finally be answered.
Busti is aiming to have the exhibit set up in his museum and open to the public by Wednesday, July 3, in time for the Fourth of July weekend. Plans for a special Grand Opening Gala on Saturday, July 13th will take place in cooperation with eminent cryptozoology site Cryptomundo.com.
The Museum of the Weird is an homage to dime museums made popular by the likes of P.T. Barnum, and features everything from real mummies, shrunken heads and oddities, to wax figures of classic movie monsters, to live giant lizards. They even boast a live sideshow on stage every day, where one can see magicians, sword-swallowers, human blockheads, and even an “elecrticity-proof” man.
In addition to the Minnesota Iceman taking up permanent residence at the Museum of the Weird however, Busti also plans to loan the Iceman for display to Loren Coleman’s International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine (cryptozoologymuseum.com) for a special future engagement in 2014. You can follow Coleman’s blog at cryptozoonews.com for forthcoming information.
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