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. It is open to the public on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month from 11 AM to 3 PM. 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 on Easter (should it fall on an open day) and Mother's Day, and closed on Christmas if it falls on a usual open day

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

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
There is a 6225 SE Alder Place in the adjoining town of Milwaukie, so if using a GPS be sure to specify Portland!

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.

The museum's residency program provides artists with an opportunity to interact in depth with the museum's themes and have work included in a gallery show. See here for details

The reference library is a small but carefully curated collection, with a focus on museums, curiosity cabinets, surrealism and other topics that resonate with the museum's themes.

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
Museum as muse
Archive of works inspired by the museum and its collections, including Photographs by museum visitors
Events at the museum and on the road
Press, Reviews, & Interviews
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

Disclaimers and legal amusements