About the Museum


The Zymoglyphic Museum's primary mission is the preservation of the unique natural and cultural heritage of the Zymoglyphic region. In addition, the museum hosts a variety of special collections and online exhibits related to zymoglyphic themes of natural art, celebration of decay, and museums as curiosity cabinets.

The museum is located in the bucolic Mt. Tabor neighborhood of Portland, Oregon at 6225 SE Alder Street.

The museum's first incarnation was in San Mateo, California, from 2000 to 2014. The collections and exhibits then migrated to Portland and had a brief but lively stay under the Hawthorne Bridge, hosting three gallery shows.

Contact the museum at web@zymoglyphic.org to be put on the mailing list for any updates, follow on Facebook, or peruse this Web site for a virtual tour!

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

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

Views of the Museum

Judith Hoffman
Upcoming and past
Frequently asked questions
"What does 'zymoglyphic' mean?" and other mysteries explained
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
The curator views the museum and its mission through a variety of literary lenses
Museum History
The evolution of the museum from a 10 year-old boy's collection of rocks, bird nests, fossils, arrowheads, and marine animals to its incarnations in San Mateo and Portland
Affiliated and sympathetic institutions
Museums, libraries, esoteric societies, etc.

Disclaimers and legal amusements