They were sometimes called Aganippids because of their association with a fountain called Aganippe. Other fountains, called Hippocrene and Pirene were also important to the Muses. The Muses were also occasionally referred to as Corycides or Corycian nymphs after a cave on Mt. Parnassos called the Corycian Cave.
The Muses judged the contest between Apollo and Marsyas. They also buried the dead body of Orpheus, son of Calliope and nephew of the other eight. They blinded Thamyris for his hubris in challenging them to a contest.
The canonical nine Muses are:
The word muse is used figuratively to denote someone who inspires an artist.
Muse is also the name of a Rock band.
The Three Muses was a restaurant in Minneapolis that operated from 2002-2003.