About the Museum

zy'-mo-glyph'-ic, adj. [Gr. zyme leaven + Gr. glyphe carving] 
1. Of, or pertaining to, images of fermentation, specifically the solid residue of creative fermentation on natural objects.
2. The collection and arrangement of objects, primarily either natural or weathered by natural forces, for poetic effect

photo by Judith Hoffman
Upcoming events Contact
You can be informed about the museum's activities and upcoming events in any of the following ways:
About the museum
Artist's statement
How the museum came to be
Curator's resume
Q & A with the Curator
The museum as seen by others
The museum as seen through other eyes
Visitors respond to the museum and its collections in poetry, prose, photographs, sketches, and video
A gallery of photographs by museum visitors
The Museum as Photogenic Muse
Pinhole and other innovative photographs by our artist-in-residence, Judith Hoffman
The Art World Beneath our Feet: The Zymoglyphic Museum and its Mission
Essay by Peter Frank
Affiliated institutions
Literary visitations
Tour the museum with Joyce and Re-joyce!
Photographs from museum expeditions
Frequently asked questions

Q: Is there really a physical museum or is this just a web gallery?
It is an 8' x 12' shed in the curator's driveway.

Q: What hours are you open?
The museum is not generally open to the public except during special events. Contact the museum to be informed of any upcoming open days. Also, you may contact the museum to arrange a weekend appointment.

Q: Where exactly are you located??
In San Mateo, California. Since the museum is located at a private residence, we tend to be a bit coy about the actual address. Contact the museum for further information.

Q: Do you allow photography?
Yes, in fact photography is encouraged. The museum maintains a number of Flickr galleries for selected photographs taken by visitors.

Q: Is any of this for sale?
As with any museum, the collections and exhibits are not for sale, but there is a museum shop! You can purchase prints, books, and souvenir merchandise.

Q: Hey, I've got a whole garage full of weird stuff! Maybe I should start my own museum! Any tips??
Yes! The museum staff has compiled a handy booklet for patrons in just your situation! You can download it here (PDF). Should your museum develop an online presence, please inform the museum staff and you can be added to the list of affiliated institutions.

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