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Maridon Hours of Operation:
Wednesday through Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The museum is closed Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. We will available by appointment only on these days.

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."

  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.

Ran In-Ting's Water Color Display

The Maridon Museum is pleased to present works of Ran In-Ting, one of Taiwan’s best known artists. This exhibit of 22 Ran In-Ting Masterpieces is made possible through the gracious loan from a friend of The Maridon. This private collection has never been on public display.

He was born in 1902, near Yilan on Taiwan’s northeast coast. According to his mother, from the age of three he showed an unusual interest in creating things of beauty and was always mixing anything colorful in water.

Nature is simple and peaceful and our hearts should also be peaceful
- Ran In-Ting

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Castaway on the Moon
Castaway on the Moon is 2009 South Korean romance-comedy-drama film. A failed suicide attempt leads a heartbroken man to live a life in the wilderness. It is a love story between a suicidal man turned castaway on Bamseom in the Han River and a Hikikomori woman who is addicted to Cyworld.

  • Presented by Dr. Alison McNeal
  • Director: Lee Hae-jun
  • April 24th at 6:30 p.m.

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YI YI NJ is morose: his brother owes him money, his mother is in a coma, his wife suffers a spiritual crisis when she finds her life a blank, his business partners make bad decisions against his advice, and he reconnects with his first love 30 years after he dumped her. His teenage daughter Ting-Ting watches emotions roil in their neighbors' flat and is experiencing the first stirrings of love. His 8-year-old son Yang-Yang is laconic like his dad and pursues truth with the help of a camera.

  • Presented by Dr. Ken Harris
  • Director: Edward Yang
  • May 15th at 6:00 p.m.
  • Running time: 173 minutes

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Special Exhibits On Display

Now through May 3rd

Come into the Maridon to see our Beautiful Hina Matsuri display"Hina matsuri (Doll's Festival)" is held on March 3rd. This is a day to pray for young girl's growth and happiness.

When a little girl is born in Japan they usually are gifted a set of Hina Matsuri dolls. These dolls are to be put up and taken down on March 3rd. If the dolls are not taken down at the end of the evening it could mean bad luck for the little girls future.

This Festival is also called "Momo no sekku (Peach Festival)" because of the peach blossom season on the old lunar calendar.

Traditional Hina Matsuri displays are usually arranged on a five or seven-tiered stand covered with a red carpet. At the top are the Emperor and Empress. The next step contains three court
ladies, followed by five musicians, two ministers, and three servants ending the bottom row in a five-tiered display. There are also small pieces of furniture, small meal dishes, and other

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Year of the Horse

Throughout China’s long history, no animal has affected its history as greatly as the horse. Ever since its domestication in northeastern China around 5,000 years ago, the horse has been an integral figure in the creation and survival of the Middle Kingdom. Its significance has been such that as early as the Shang Dynasty (ca. 1600-1100 BC), horses and the vehicles they powered were entombed with their owners so as to be with them in the next life. During the Western Zhou Dynasty (ca. 1100- 771 BC), military might was measured by the number of war chariots available to a particular kingdom. As the empire grew, horses became
essential for maintaining contact with and control of the empire and for transporting goods and supplies throughout the vast and diverse country.

The Chinese quest to maintain adequate equestrian forces to combat the nomadic raiders became a common thread throughout the imperial period. Massive military campaigns were waged in search of superior “blood-sweating horses” from the Ferghana (Dayuan) far to the west.

These sojourns, while tremendously expensive in terms of resources and manpower, not only helped to improve the quality of Chinese horses, but also led to the establishment of major contacts between East and West and the opening of the famous Silk Road.

The horse also played an important role in the mythology of early China. It was closely associated with the dragon, with both thought capable of flight and of carrying their riders to the “home of the immortals.” The ability to fly has been associated with survival throughout all of Chinese history.

We can use the wisdom of an old horse. Release the old horses and follow them, and thereby reach the right road.
-Guan Zhong

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Kid's Korner Coloring Contest Winners

Coloring Contest Coloring Contest
Vivian, Age 10
Avery, Age 3

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Butler20 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.

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Quarterly Newsletter

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