About the Museum

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Exterior view Interior - east wall

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.

Visiting the Museum

The museum is nestled in the bucolic Mount Tabor neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. The address is 6225 SE Alder St., near 62nd and Belmont. The #15 bus stops just 2 blocks away and street parking is plentiful.

The museum is open to the public on the second and fourth Sundays of the month, with a bonus open day should there be a fifth Sunday! Hours are 11 AM to 4 PM

However! The holidays are coming up and the two Eves, Christmas and New Year's, fall on the museum's usual open days. So here is the holiday schedule (same hours, 11 AM to 4 PM):

Sunday, 11/26 (Thanksgiving weekend)
Sunday, 12/10 (first anniversary of the museum in its current location!)
SATURDAY, 12/23 (rare opportunity for those of you who have perennial Sunday commitments!)
Back to 2nd and 4th Sundays in January and thereafter.

Admission to the museum is free of charge. The museum is adequately funded and no donations are requested.

Cautionary notes:
The museum is on the second floor of a detached garage, with stair access only.
No restrooms are available.
The space is small and items are fragile, so please, no dogs!
The maximum capacity is about a dozen, so large groups are encouraged to make an appointment rather than visit on open days.

Photography is encouraged! For samples of photography at the museum, see here

If you are passing through Portland, entertaining out-of-town guests, or are otherwise unable to visit during the open hours, you can make an appointment to visit the museum! Thursday through Sunday is preferred for appointments. Contact the curator at zymoglyphic@gmail.com
(no appointment needed during open hours)

The museum shop features postcards, books from the Zymoglyphic Museum Press, and prints from the series Views of the Zymoglyphic Region.

Contact the museum curator at zymoglyphic@gmail.com to be put on the mailing list for any updates. Events will also be listed on the museum's Facebook page.


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

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