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. In addition, the museum hosts a variety of special collections and online exhibits related to the museum's themes of natural art, celebration of decay, and museums as curiosity cabinets.
The museum's first incarnation was in San Mateo, California, from 2000 to 2015. It migrated to Portland, Oregon and had a brief but lively incarnation under the Hawthorne Bridge, hosting a number of gallery shows. It is currently in the process of moving to the Mt. Tabor neighborhood.
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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.
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
- Upcoming, ongoing, and past
- Frequently asked questions
- "What does 'zymoglyphic' mean?" and other mysteries explained
- 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
- Views of the museum
- Reactions to the museum from visitors both physical and virtual
- Museum as muse
- Artists and writers inspired by the museum and its collections
- Photographs of the museum taken by Judith Hoffman, artist-in-residence
- A gallery of photographs taken by museum visitors
- Poems, sketches, and art inspired by the museum's collections
- Curator's corner
- Artist's statement, resume, manifesti, and an imaginary guestbook
- Affiliated and sympathetic institutions
- Museums, libraries, esoteric societies, etc.
Disclaimers and legal amusements
- This site and all photographs copyright 2000-2015 by Jim Stewart, except where otherwise credited
- Some portions may or may not be works of fiction and should not be used for factual reference without independent research
- Any exposure or depiction of human genitalia, pudenda, or secondary sexual characteristics is for educational, artistic, or entertainment purposes only, with no prurient intent, expressed or implied. While such depictions do exist on this web site, viewers are further cautioned that they are rare and may be difficult to find.
- No animals were harmed or killed in the making of the exhibits except for some ants and some pesky little beetles that were caught trying to dismantle portions of the exhibits they deemed edible.
- The term "Zymoglyphic" is a trademark of The Zymoglyphic Museum, its subsidiaries, heirs, and assigns, and may only be used when referring to the Museum or to the Region it claims to represent. "zymoglyphic" (all lower case) may be used as an adjective to describe any person, place, thing, or idea related to the themes of the Museum, although Museum management claims final moral if not legal authority to determine what is and is not truly "zymoglyphic."
- Links to books and DVDs in the museum shop are provided in association with Amazon