Views of the Museum


San Jose Mercury News article
May 3, 2002

"The delights provided us by the Zymoglyphic Museum's myriad selections, and even by the relatively elaborate annotations and codifications with which the Museum provides its holdings, are themselves self-evident. The poetry of form, lyricism of association, and economy of function that define every concatenation, that pervade every diorama, rivet us to these apparitions, cementing our fascination and our affection."

From The Art World Beneath Our Feet: The Zymoglyphic Museum and its Mission by Peter Frank.

It is made of some deep thoughts, some random junk and some accumulated stuff...It is a place to meditate on life and death

Judith Hoffman, Artist-in-Residence

Connecting the world with dead things and junk...Delicate bits of decay...lovingly arranged to create unknown worlds -- Jeanie M.

A Journey Through the Museum
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 feel your head getting sucked into the middle of the earth.
A photo essay by Laura Mappin
Recent coverage

Up Close and Personal With the World’s Most Artistic Mollusks
Atlas Obscura article on the museum's Xenophora collection. April 2017

Super weird and super cool! Portland's iconic Unipiper presents some of Portland's lesser known museums on The Mark and Toddcast, featuring the Zymoglyphic Museum in the forefront of a campaign to Make Portland Weird (Again!)" (begins at 14:11)

#2 in 7 places to visit in Portland you probably haven’t considered

Article about Curious Gallery (where the museum had a road show) in the Oregonian - above photos by Dillon Pilorget

The diorama at Curious Gallery makes a brief apprearance at the end of a short segment on local news station KOIN

Selected quotes from virtual visits
Great art
[T]he Zymoglyphic Museum is one of the 20th century's great art works (alongside of Museum of Jurassic Technologies) -- just shamefully unrecognised. -- Incognita Nom de Plume
World's finest
The Zymoglyphic Museum - The world's finest collection of artistic detritus -- Urban Cryptids
A new generation
I wanna be a Zymoglyphic Art Museum Curator when I grow up. -- Magnafeek
A voice from Down Under
Like putting a rusted Coke can on a twig and saying it's a red-beaked branch straddler. --
Is this thing real?
Controversy about a hallucinogenic mushroom specimen in the museum's natural history collection
Spare oddities
[The dioramas] are kind of like an obscure and evil I-Spy book, with lots of hidden actions and creatures. Also, this website is absolutely crazy -- Curious
The torch of entropy
La fiaccola dell'entropia! La fiaccola dell'entropia! -- L'Ascella Ebbra [The Drunken Armpit]
Chuffed pink
today I discovered I'm a zymoglyphile...I'm chuffed pink to have found the proper name for my condition -- poetmcgonagall
Buy it?!
Someday I'd like to have my own little museum. There's this one called the Zymoglyphic Museum that I'd love to visit, but it's way out in California and only open a few days a year. It's pretty neat and when I win the lottery I'll go every year, or possibly just buy it and move it to my private island. -- OKCupid dating profile, 31F, Marion, Ill.
Mainstream media weighs in
the world's only institution dedicated to images of fermentation -- Wall Street Journal
The Museum of Dust

The Museum of Dust is a shadowy, incorporeal, antipodean meta-institution that attempted to acquire the Zymoglyphic Museum for its Wunderkammer collection in 2006. It has since returned to its original mission of "gathering dust."

More from the Blogosphere

Metafilter is a literate, intelligent and witty community blog where the comments are often more interesting than the links being discussed. The museum's exhibits have provided a springboard for a number of posts and discussions.

Neatorama is a very popular best-of-the-web blog that has featured the museum twice

The Quantum Biologist visited the museum in 2010 and was inspired to write a number of related blog posts

The Proceedings of the now-defunct Athanasius Kircher Society featured museum exhibits twice in 2006

Cliff Pickover's link-a-day Reality Carnival featured the museum's cloud sculptures on 11/26/06

Honors and awards
Official KFJC Cool, Secret Place
Presented on-air May 5, 2012 on The Norman Bates Memorial Soundtrack Show by Robert Emmett, host
Wacky website of the day
Sept. 20 on the Wacky Web Sites Page-A-Day Calendar 2007