About the Museum

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. Hours are 11 AM to 4 PM

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

Cautionary notes:
The museum is rather small and the exhibits are fragile, so the space is not suitable for dogs, small children, large groups, or tours.
The museum is on the second floor of a detached garage, with stair access only.
No restrooms are available.

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. Special events (other than regular open days) 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
Press & Reviews
Reactions to the museum from visitors both physical and virtual
Curator's corner
"How the museum came to be" and some semblance of an artist's statement and a resume
Museum History
The museum's incarnations in San Mateo and Portland
Museum as muse
Creative projects by others, inspired by the museum and its collections
Affiliated and sympathetic institutions
Museums, libraries, esoteric societies, etc.

Disclaimers and legal amusements