Tombstone, Arizona: Bird Cage Theater Museum Team Field Report

Allen Street, Tombstone, AZ
I-10 exits 303, 304, or 306, then south on Hwy 80 for 23 miles. One block to the right, on Allen St., at the corner of Sixth St., south side.
Daily 8 am - 6 pm. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Self-guided tour $10.
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The Bird Cage Theater's Merman.

Bird Cage Theater Museum
Perfectly preserved whoring and party hub of 19th century Tombstone. 140 visible bullet holes in its walls. Home to ghosts and a diminutive Merman. Report...

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Birdcage theater scene, 2007.

Bird Cage Theater Museum

The Bird Cage Theater is interesting in its artifacts, but I didn't fall for the "history" -- especially the downstairs area, which is a modern creation for tourists.

[Sally Forth, 06/21/2020]

In the basement.

Bird Cage Theater Museum

Be aware that the history there is suspect and created for tourists. Such as the downstairs poker area and supposed cribs and whore license. It's interesting though and worth a stop.

[Sally Forth, 08/15/2019]

Created for tourists? Don't say it!

Bird Cage Theater Museum

Absolutely filled with wonderful artifacts! Make sure to see The Black Moriah -- the hearse that hauled all the town's dead to Boot Hill. It's upstairs from a Faro table where the real Doc Holiday once dealt cards.

[Aaron Killian, 12/24/2017]

There is a very old stuffed merman in the Bird Cage Theater in Tombstone, AZ. It's a rather grotesque figure and as a child it gave me the creeps. Supposedly it's the mummified body of a monkey sewn onto the tail of a fish. Imagine my surprise to return to one of the haunts of my childhood 15 years later and find the same nasty looking merman, now encased in glass, still in existence. My daughter was rather horrified to find I wasn't making the story up. He used to be in the front lobby of the theater, near the portrait of Fatima, a rather well endowed show girl, but he has since been moved to the rear of the museum where you have to pay to see him.

[Tracy Meisenbach, 08/18/2002]

Part of our "Pals of the Merman" page.

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