The Zymoglyphic Museum has its roots in the curator's childhood museum. There were collections of shells, marine animals, rocks, stamps, and Indian artifacts. The current museum contains specialized versions of each of these. The objects in the collections are valued by their inherent aesthetics rather than scientific or "collectible" status.

For a more detailed history of the museum, see here

The original catalog for the museum (ca. 1960) lists the following collections:
Marine animals
Indian implements
Early Californian implements
Tree leaves

A shell collection specializing in marine snails that are themselves collectors of shells, rocks, and other debris from their environment. Popularly known as "assemblage artists of the deep"

Crab Collection

Marine animals that come in a great variety of shapes and proportions, unencumbered by gravity. They are nature's mechanical marvels.

Miniature Viewing Stones

In the Zymoglyphic region, the true value of a stone was determined by its sculptural qualities rather than its utility, scientific status, or "collectible" monetary value. During the Era of Oriental Influence, certain stones were prized as objects of contemplation and displayed on special stands.

The Philatelic Collection

The goal for the original stamp collection was to acquire one stamp from each and every one of the 600+ official stamp-issuing entities on earth, past and present. The collcting criterion was later expanded to include local posts, breakaway republics, micronations, and entirely imaginary places