Seashore to Sea Floor

MIssion Statement

The International Mermaid Museum is dedicated to teaching ocean ecology from seashore to sea floor immersed in mermaid mythology uniting world oceanic cultures.

All oceanic countries have mermaid lore thus providing a thread of connectivity and commonality between and through both community and culture.

Mermaids in storytelling encourage people to see the undersea environment, not just through the lens of marine life, but through the view of humans in the underwater world, thus helping them better understand the importance of clean oceans, the sea as a living environment, and the reality of ocean exploration as one of the last great adventures on earth.

Mermaids Around The World

The museum taps into the cross-generational enthusiasm for mermaid culture. From Hans Christian Anderson to the evolution of the Starbucks’ logo, mermaids have been popular throughout history.

The museum includes displays on mermaid mythology around the world from the wahine hi’u’ia of Hawaii to tlanchana of Mexico. In Europe the stories vary from the selkies of Ireland to the meermin of Holland.

In addition to the content of the displays the museum features unique artifacts. Greek mythology offers the opportunity to discuss shells like Triton’s trumpet as a predator and the murex pectin known as a Mermaid’s Comb and its unique ecologic evolution. The mermaid’s purse is the egg sack of dog fish and skate. Mermaid’s tears are crystalline rocks tumbled by the sea and treasured by beachcombers.

Movies from Splash to The Little Mermaid develop positive messages about the relationship of humans to sea creatures.

Literature and art provide enticing examples for youth and adults to experience the breathtaking value of visual and verbal storytelling.

History is rife with hoaxes from PT Barnum’s Feegee Mermaid in 1822 to The Animal Planet’s mockumentary in 2012 called Mermaid: The Body Found. (Moclips is just 30 miles north of the site of the International Mermaid Museum). The International Mermaid Museum is home of the Moclips Mermaid.

Donate A Brick, Block or Bench

The non-profit International Mermaid Museum is holding a brick fundraiser. This is the perfect gift that is both a donation to a community project and a unique commemoration of a special person, plus it’s tax deductible. Of course, there is no limit on how many bricks you may purchase or whom you wish to honor from your best friend to your favorite pup.

Each custom engraved 4” x 8” brick is $100. A double 8” x 8” brick is $200. Concrete benches are available for $1000 each. The bricks and benches will be are located around a huge roadside attraction sculpture of a mermaid by North Cove artist Yoseph Adams.

To purchase your custom brick go to

Inquiries about making financial donations, mermaid memorabilia or ocean artifacts are encouraged by emailing For more information go to The museum is a registered IRS 501c3 non-profit organization.