Museum of Natural Mystery – Exhibit 20: Come One, Come All


In 1967, a sideshow performer named Frank Hansen unveiled an ape-like man frozen in a chunk of ice, claiming it was the missing link. At a glance, the hairy hominid seemed like an attempt to capitalize on the growing Bigfoot excitement, though Hansen’s exhibit preceded the infamous Patterson-Gimlin footage by several months. Adding to the sensation, world-renowned zoologists pronounced that it was a real, unknown animal. Was it a cryptid? A lost ancestor to humankind? Or a hoax that spiraled way out of control? Today on Museum of Natural Mystery: The Minnesota Iceman Cometh!

Photos of Frank Hansen’s iceman are tremendously difficult to get a hold of due to copyright protections, but I’ve pulled some of the best reproductions and lingering photos I could find floating around out there for your reference. Have a look at these and judge for yourself whether the creature in the ice was at convincing as zoologists Bernard Heuvelmans and Ivan Sanderson found it to be:


Frank Hansen standing beside the Iceman carcass. Is it the original? Who can say for sure?


A reproduction of the Heuvelmans/Sanderson photos by paleontologist Darren Naish, generously donated to the public domain. The left image is the creature as it appeared frozen in the ice, and the right is the creature as Heuvelmans and Sanderson believed it would look like unfrozen.


One of Sanderson’s sketches of the creature.


The cover of the 1969 Argosy issue featuring Sanderson’s report of the Iceman.


For a closer look at the current whereabouts of the Minnesota Iceman, as well as photos of the Iceman housed at Steve Busci’s Museum of the Weird in Austin, Texas (believed to be the Hansen Iceman), I suggest checking out this blogpost by longtime Iceman chronicler Loren Coleman. If you want to go further down the rabbit hole, below you can find a number of resources that demonstrate how this weird, wild story comes together.


Hunting Monsters: Cryptozoology and the Reality Behind the Myths by Darren Naish

The Strange Case of the Minnesota Iceman by Darren Naish

A Review of Neanderthal: The Strange Saga of the Minnesota Iceman, Parts 1 & 2 by Darren Naish

Neanderthal: The Strange Saga of the Minnesota Iceman by Bernard Heuvelmans

Argosy: The Missing Link? by Ivan T. Sanderson

Bigfoot, The Yeti and Sasquatch in Myth and Reality by Dr. John Napier

The Mysterious Creature in Ice by Chris Fellner, with additional input by Bigfoot researcher Matt Crowley

Florida “Giant Penguin” Hoax Revealed by the International Society of Cryptozoology

Verne Langdon and his big-ass bird – The Bigfoot Show

Verne’s World – Verne Langdon’s Homepage

Little Irvy the Frozen Whale by Weird Universe

Frank Hansen’s 1918 “Experimental” John Deere Tractor

The Scooby Doo Case Files – Scooby’s Night With A Frozen Fright

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Emery Coolcats

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