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 by appointment

Appointment times are Friday through Sunday at 12 noon, 1 PM, and 2 PM

The following times NOT available (currently booked):
      10/16 1 & 2 PM
      10/17 all day
      10/24 10 AM
      12/23 1 PM

Send email to zymoglyphic@gmail.com with your preferred date, time, and reason for visit. Please do not request a time that is shown above as not being available.

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

Masks required inside!

Cautionary notes:
The museum the size of a 2-car garage (400 sq. ft) so group size should be limited accordingly
The museum is on the second floor with stair access only.
No restrooms are available.
Potential allergens: dust, fungus spores

Photography is encouraged! For samples of photography by visitors to the museum, see here

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.

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, & Interviews
Reactions to the museum from visitors both physical and virtual
Museum as muse
Art works inspired by the museum, its collections, and its archives
Residency Program - artists creating art from the archives
Photographs by museum visitors - a curated gallery of exhibit photographs taken by visitors to the museum
Events at the museum and on the road
Curator's corner
"How the museum came to be" and some semblance of an artist's statement and a resume

Disclaimers and legal amusements

  • This site and all photographs copyright 2000-2020 by Jim Stewart, except as otherwise credited
  • Some portions may or may not be works of fiction and should not be used for factual reference without independent research
  • Any exposure or depiction of human genitalia, pudenda, or secondary sexual characteristics is for educational, artistic, or entertainment purposes only, with no prurient intent, expressed or implied. While such depictions do exist on this web site, viewers are further cautioned that they are rare and may be difficult to find.
  • No animals were harmed or killed in the making of the exhibits except for some ants and some pesky little beetles that were caught trying to dismantle portions of the exhibits they deemed edible.
  • The term "Zymoglyphic" is a trademark of The Zymoglyphic Museum, its subsidiaries, heirs, and assigns, and may only be used when referring to the Museum or to the Region it claims to represent. "zymoglyphic" (all lower case) may be used as an adjective to describe any person, place, thing, or idea related to the themes of the Museum, although Museum management claims final moral if not legal authority to determine what is and is not truly "zymoglyphic."
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