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. 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 preditor 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.

Bands from Train to Pocol Harem perpetuate the mermaid mystique in their music. When Jimmy Buffet sings about his relationship with Mother Ocean he expresses the deep love between those who go to sea and the personality of the sea, lifestyles that are consistent with the local economy. Additionally, the heart of why those at sea believed in the reality of human creatures of the sea from sirens to salvation is incorporated into the museum’s display.

Literature and art provide enticing examples for youth and adults to experience the breathtaking value of visual and verbal storytelling. Within the lobby of the museum there is a gallery space designed to host local art with quarterly champagne openings as part of the regular event schedule of the museum.

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.

Buy A Brick or A 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 the person, plus it’s tax deductible. Of course, there is no limit on how many bricks you may purchase or whom you wish to remember from someone who has passed to your favorite pooch.

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 placed around a huge roadside attraction sculpture of a mermaid by North Cove artist Yoseph Adams.

To purchase your custom brick go to https://www.bricksrus.com/donorsite/mermaidmuseum.

For those who want to contribute to the museum there are several opportunities. You are encouraged to donate mermaid memorabilia and marine life artifacts. Annual memberships are now available on the museum website: Solo $10, Pair $20, Pod $60. One-time benefactor memberships are $250 Commander, $500 Captain, $1000 Commodore, $5000 Admiral. The benefits of each of these memberships are detailed on the museum’s website at www.mermaidmuseum.org. The museum is a registered IRS 501c3 non-profit organization.

The Roberts family who also operate Ocean’s Daughter Distillery contribute a portion of the proceeds from the spirits to the museum. Blain Roberts, a renown underwater photographer has donated his entire photo collection to the museum. His wife Kim, and daughter Carrie serve on the board of directors.

Inquiries about making financial donations, mermaid memorabilia or ocean artifacts are encouraged by emailing info@mermaidmuseum.org. For more information go to www.mermaidmuseum.org.