About the Museum


Obscura Society visit 2013/photo: Annetta Black

The Zymoglyphic Museum is the world's only repository for the study and display of art, artifacts, and natural history of the Zymoglyphic region. It is located in San Mateo, California.

The museum is not generally open to the public except during special events. There are no scheduled events currently - see the list of past events here .To be informed about the museum's activities and upcoming events send an email to the museum and request to be put on the mailing list (comes with a lifetime no-spam warranty).

Views of the Museum

What is it? A self-museum, a cabinet of curiosities, no, make that fishtanks of curiosities, with lots of little eyes secretly staring at you, and organic matter arranged into beings with souls.

Laura Mappin

Take a virtual tour of the museum with Laura as your guide

The world's finest collection of artistic detritus

Today I discovered I'm a zymoglyphile...I'm chuffed pink to have found the proper name for my condition

It's this middle-aged weird dad guy in the suburbs...but it's still very cool

See responses by visitors, both virtual and physical, to the museum and its collections - poems, photographs, sketches, blog entries, and art inspired by the museum's collections

It is made of some deep thoughts, some random junk and some accumulated stuff...It is a place to meditate on life and death

Judith Hoffman

Visit the gallery of photographs of the museum by Judith Hoffman, artist-in-residence

The poetry of form, lyricism of association, and economy of function that define every concatenation, that pervade every diorama, rivet us to these apparitions, cementing our fascination and our affection.

Peter Frank, The Art World Beneath our Feet: The Zymoglyphic Museum and its Mission

Delve into the museum's foundations in Peter's essay

More about the Museum

How the museum came to be
The evolution of the museum from a 10 year-old boy's collection of rocks, bird nests, fossils, arrowheads, and marine animals
Frequently asked questions
What does 'zymoglyphic' mean? and other mysteries explained
Affiliated institutions
Sympathetic museums (physical and virtual), libraries, esoteric societies, etc.

Curator's Musings

The Zymoglyphic Way
Philosophical foundations; or, the Grand View
Artist's statement
"...nascent dialectic between naive eccentricity and self-referential parody in the creation of an institutional persona..."
Curator's resume
"Objective: Integrate diverse elements from a wide variety of media into a conceptually unified syncretic framework..."
Literary Guestbook
An imaginary guest book, hosting writers from Shakespeare to Pynchon
Tour the museum with Joyce and Re-joyce!
"Well, come to The Zyglomorphic Amusing Rheum! Lots of fun with Finnegans Wake!"
Disclaimers and legal amusements