About the Museum

Exterior view Rust Age exhibit

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. Admission to the museum is free of charge.

2017 Open Days
The museum is usually open to the public every other Sunday from 11 AM to 4 PM (If Google says differently, please ignore them).
The next confirmed open days are:
April 23
May 7
May 21 - This date coincides in part with the Mount Tabor Art Walk

Obscura Day!
The museum is participating in Atlas Obscura's "global celebration of exploration and discovery" on Saturday, May 6. Events will be held in 25 countries, from Albania to the Zymoglyphic region. Reserve your (free) tickets 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! Contact the curator at jim.q.stewart@gmail.com
(no appointment needed during open hours)

The museum shop (cash only) features postcards, books from the Zymoglyphic Museum Press, and prints.

Photography is encouraged and all ages are welcome.

Cautionary notes: The museum is on the second floor of a detached garage, with only stair access. No bathrooms are available.

Contact the museum curator at jim.q.stewart@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