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The Maridon opened on May 8th, 2004. It is the only museum in the Western Pennsylvania region with a specific focus on Asian Art and Culture coupled with German Meissen porcelain. The museum — both the objects and the buildings that house them — is the gift of Mary Hulton Phillips. Patricia Lowry, writing in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, pronounced the Maridon a "gleaming little gem of a museum."

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  The seal in the museum's logo describes the permanent collection.
Click on the seal to learn more about each character's symbolism and meaning.
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We have announced three movies to be featured in the 2017 Thailand Film Series this autumn. Exploring the life of musical prodigy, the haunting consequences of a car accident, and the last days of a dying man, this series displays a rich, full range of Thai culture and heritage. Click here for the flyer.

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Don’t miss out on this Japanese Dance (Buyo) and Buyo Exercise Workshop from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, October 12, 2017. Free and open to the public. Click here for the flyer.

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Did you know that the ancient Chinese believed that jade placed in the nine body openings before burial could inhibit decay? A piece of jade carved in the shape of a cicada was placed in the mouth of a corpse before burying. (You will see one of these rare artifacts -- Western Han dynasty 206 BCE-25 CE -- in The Maridon Museum’s Rear Gallery Timeline Exhibit).

Now, back to me.  In 2005, shortly after the opening of the museum, our founder, Mary Hulton Phillips, was presented with a wonderful collection of jade from a private collector in Ohio. I was one of the 21 pieces that she purchased that day. I believe that what makes me stand out in the crowd is that she thought I was so special that she took me home to keep with her until she built my new home in the museum, the Hall Vitrine. I am 16” long and have beautiful shades of lavender and green.  Please visit me (and the jade cicada, too, of course.)

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On July 13th The Maridon Museum received the “Community
Champion Award” from the Butler County Chamber of Commerce.

Click here for details!

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Maridon Museum Featured in Uncovering PA Blog

Exploring Asian Art and Culture at the Maridon Museum

For 2.5 years before moving to Pennsylvania, I lived, worked, and traveled throughout Asia. It was these travels that got me into travel writing with my other site, Tripologist.com, and I still really enjoy learning about Asian culture. So, when I found out that Butler, Pennsylvania had a museum filled with amazing Asian art, I knew I had to visit.

Click here to read the complete blog post!

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20 Best Small Towns in America:
Butler Named No. 7

The Smithsonian Magazine recently rated Butler, Pennsylvania number 7 of the 20 Best Small Towns in America. The Maridon and our founder Mary Hulton Phillips are specifically mentioned.

Click here to read the Smithsonian Magazine article.

 
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Latest Maridon Museum Newsletter

To find out all the latest news about the Maridon Museum, click here to read our newsletter.

 
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