Opened in 2021, The International Mermaid Museum is located on the grounds of Westport Winery Garden Resort about halfway between Aberdeen, Washington, and the coastal beaches. (just over two hours from Seattle or Portland).
The free 15-acre display garden features over 80 sculptures by local artists. A 12-foot tall scrap metal mermaid statue created by Tokeland artist Yosef Adams adorns the front of the museum.
The first-of-its-kind museum was founded by Kim Roberts who reportedly heard the voice of a siren after undergoing cancer treatment. On hand for the grand opening were real-life mermaids: Mermaid Siren Ophelia of Seattle, Mermaid Asherah and Mermaid Merina both of Portland.
The museum displays features a sea shell collection, lots of mermaid mannequins, a 300-year-old wooden carousel carving of a mermaid, plenty of pop culture, like Disney’s Ariel, posters from the movie “Splash” starring Daryl Hannah and a Seattle-born siren: the twin-tailed mermaid from Starbucks coffee.
The museum also 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.
Besides the Mermaids, the museum’s mission is dedicated to teaching ocean ecology from seashore to sea floor. And don’t forget their gift shop filled with mucho amounts of mermaid Mer-chandise.
NOTE: In the town of Berlin, Maryland there is a small Mermaid Museum located upstairs in the building at 4 Jefferson Street. It is next to the Atlantic Hotel, near Assateague Island.
International Mermaid Museum
1 South Arbor Road
Aberdeen, WA 98520