New Maryland Museum Dives Into the Mythology of Mermaids

Blending history, pop culture and folklore, the attraction features a Feejee mermaid, original artworks and more

Interior view of Mermaid Museum
The 2,200-square-foot venue is located about ten miles inland from Ocean City, in the town of Berlin, Maryland. (Alyssa Maloof Photography / Mermaid Museum)

By Isis Davis-Marks

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the rise of the phoenix

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There is an ancient myth that describes the life of the phoenix. It is a bird that lives in the desert for hundred of years. It destroys itself in flames, turning into ash. Then it rises from the ashes as a beautiful and powerful bird. The phoenix symbolizes hope, renewed spirit, victory over adversity and eternity.

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A collection of fairy tales

(public domain) Contribution from New York Public Library to Internet Archive.

Lady shalott

The curse made it forbidden for the Lady of Shalott to look out of her window and to see Camelot. She spent her time weaving, locked away. In order to ‘see’ outside without going to her window, she looked at her mirror which reflected the activity outside that was visible from her room.

Everyone knew of her because they would hear her sing, with her enchanted voice. The Lady of Shalott was a magical, mystical, mysterious figure. She would sing and weave all day, glancing at her mirror.

And then Sir Lancelot arrived at Camelot. And the inevitable happened.

The Print:

The 1000 piece puzzle

The mousepad

The bag…

The Poem, by Lord Alfred Tennyson…

Tallulah. a diva. a rebel.

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“Apostates have hinted that I’m the ill-begotten daughter of Medusa and the Marquis de Sade. As against these slanders there are the hymns of my champions, equally inaccurate, that I’m a fusion of Annie Laurie, Bopeep, Florence Nightingale and whichever waif Lillian Gish played inĀ The Orphans of the Storm. Somewhere in between these contrary verdicts lies the truth.”

– Tallulah Bankhead from Tallulah: My Autobiography

I read Shakespeare and the Bible, and I can shoot dice. That's what I call a liberal education. - Tallulah Bankhead

The Disturbing True Story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin | Ancient Origins

…Historical records suggest that the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin was a real event that took place. Nevertheless, the transmission of this story undoubtedly evolved and changed over the centuries, although to what extent is unknown, and the mystery of what really happened to those children has never been solved. The story also raises the question, if the Pied Piper of Hamelin was based on reality, how much truth is there in other fairy tales that we were told as children?

The Disturbing True Story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin | Ancient Origins
The oldest known picture of the Pied Piper copied from the glass window of the Market Church in Hameln/Hamelin Germany (c.1300-1633). Image source: Wikimedia.