Teaching Ocean Ecology
The International Mermaid Museum is dedicated to teaching ocean ecology from seashore to
sea floor immersed in mermaid mythology unifying oceanic cultures.
quarters of the world is covered with water. Yet the undersea
experience is largely unavailable for most to explore. This exhibition
offers unique insights into life between the seashore and the sea floor.
Ocean ecology wrapped in the mythology of mermaids creates a vivid and
inviting learning opportunity for all ages and abilities.
2023 Mermaid Festival
The International Mermaid Museum is holding its
2023 Mermaid Festival from Saturday, April 1 through Sunday, April 9.
During this nine-day event it is free to visit the museum from 11am to
6pm and to enjoy the festival from noon to 5pm.
In addition to
the museum’s enchanting educational exhibits, the festival boasts a
series of special attractions for visitors of all ages during this
celebration of the sea. Everyone will enjoy seeing mermaids and bigfoot
around the museum, gardens, and the event tent.
Northwest’s famous Una the Mermaid will be performing underwater in her
tank from noon to 2pm and 3pm to 5pm on weekends. On weekdays she will
be available for photos from noon to 2pm and will perform in the tank
from 2pm to 4pm.
Olive the Alchemist, founder of the Seattle
Mermaid School, will preside on the mermaid throne from 11am to 2pm and
3pm to 6pm in the museum every day except Saturday, April 8. On that
Saturday their team will host an open swim, with playful obstacle course
and freediving challenges, plus bookable underwater photography
sessions for merfolk of all ages at the Grays Harbor YMCA. They will
host an awards ceremony based on Saturday’s water fun at the museum
during the final day of the festival. Attendees are encouraged to dress
in merfolk-inspired creative-black-tie for the ceremony.
Axis performers Nick Perry and Amanda Thornton will perform daily on
their high wire at 1:00, 3:15, 4:30 (with the exception of April 8).
Theirs is a combination of music and dance while suspended from a
All ages will want to see the Pacific Northwest Unicorns for greeting and photos from 1pm to 3pm each day of the festival.
the tent, guests can look forward to meeting the artists and crafters
in person as they shop woodworking, jewelry, knotwork, acrylic and
watercolor paintings, jewelry, soaps, gifts, and a host of mixed media
art, daily from noon to 5pm.
Both Sundays, April 2 and 9,
University of Washington Oceanography Candidate Katherine Qi will have a
booth. At 2pm on both dates she will offer a 15 to 20 minute
presentation on ocean ecology.
Author Brianna Tibbets will be signing and selling her young adult book, Head Over Tails, on April 1 and 2.
Mermaid and author Aura Stiles will be signing and selling her book A Dream Made Real
on April 1 and 2. Mermaid Aura, and her partner Merman Mike, will
perform as the Bad Little Space Mermaids at 4pm on Saturday, April 1 and
Sunday, April 2. The duo plays Celtic themed folk music, woven with
poetry and mythology. Mermaid harpist Ruth Navarre will be performing
The Grays Harbor Master Gardeners will host a free plant clinic on Saturday, April 1 on the patio at Westport Winery.
Pockets, of What Dwells Beneath, will be offering original artwork as
well as prints. At her side, Pirate Cliff will offer oyster shucking for
pearls to be made into jewelry. Photos with both are always welcome.
This pair will be on hand both weekends of the festival.
Author Marissa Meyer will be signing her books on Saturday, April 8 from 1pm to 3pm.
addition to the Sea Glass Grill, festival guests can enjoy tasty treats
from Buckin’ Beans Coffee Company on April 1 and then April 3 through
Mellie’s Mini Donuts will be offering their tasty treats in their food truck from April 1 through April 9.
day, every day, kids can participate in a Pirate’s Treasure Hunt in the
museum with prizes for those who complete the puzzle and find the
treasure, plus there is a free gyotaku (fish printing) station.
the museum there is a fee for guests who want to mine fossils, shells
or gems, in the museum’s sluice box or for activating the mermaid
fortune teller or the penny squisher.
Mermaid Museum is a registered 501(C)3 non-profit dedicated to teaching
ocean ecology from seashore to sea floor immersed in mermaid mythology
uniting world oceanic cultures. The International Mermaid Museum is
located on the grounds of Westport Winery Garden Resort, halfway between
Aberdeen and Westport on the Washington Coast. For more information go
museum has three levels of annual membership. Each offers a year of
free visits to the museum along with significant swag! A SOLO membership
is $10 and includes a decal and a mug. A PAIR membership for two
includes a decal and two mugs for $20. And a POD membership for a family
of up to eight includes a decal, and ornament and two mugs for only
Another special and forever gift is to purchase a
commemorative brick, block or bench. Each custom engraved 4” x 8” brick
is $100. A double 8” x 8” brick is $200. There are two styles of
concrete benches available for $1000 each. Go to https://www.bricksrus.com/donorsite/mermaidmuseum.
You can order your membership by phone by calling 360-310-4882 or emailing email@example.com. The International Mermaid Museum is located on the grounds of Westport Winery Garden Resort and is open daily 11am to 6pm.