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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."

  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.

Collector's SeriesCollector's Series

"Hello Dolly" Dolls
7:00 p.m., October 15, 2015

"Elephants-Gentle Giants"
7:00 p.m., November 19, 2015

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Japanese Film Series - Save the Date!

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Presented by: Dr. William Covey of SRU
Friday, October 23rd at 6:00 p.m.
1964, 183 minutes
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Taking its title from an archaic Japanese word meaning "ghost story," this anthology adapts four folk tales. A penniless samurai (Rentarô Mikuni) marries for money with tragic results. A man stranded in a blizzard is saved by Yuki the Snow Maiden (Keiko Kishi), but his rescue comes at a cost. Blind musician Hoichi (Katsuo Nakamura) is forced to perform for an audience of ghosts. An author (Osamu Takizawa) relates the story of a samurai who sees another warrior's reflection in his teacup.

"Nobody Knows"
Presented by Dr. Yukako Ishimaru of SRU
Thursday, November 5th at 6:00 p.m.
2004, 141 minutes
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In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning.

Nobody Knows tells the story of four children, who are aged between five and twelve years old. They are half-siblings, with each of them having different fathers. Because three of the children are in the apartment illegally, they cannot go outside or be seen in the apartment, and do not attend school. Their mother leaves them alone for weeks, and finally does not return; they were forced to survive on their own. Over time, they can only rely on each other to face the multiple challenges in front of them


Murder Mystery Dinner at the Mansion in Butler
Murder Mystery DinnerSaturday, October 17, 2015

5:30-6:30 p.m.: Happy Hour
Beer and Wine
*One Complimentary Signature Drink
"Direct Evidence"- Dirty Shirley Temple
(Vodka, Grenadine, & Sprite)

7:00 p.m.: Dinner & Mystery

Business Casual (or) For Fun. . . 1950's Style Clothing

Seating: Limited to 90 - Reservations Required

Call for Reservations
Tickets: $40.00 per ticket. Please pre-pay with your reservation.
No tickets will be mailed

Catered by Stephen's Kitchen and Catering (Porky's)
-Grilled Chicken Breast with Pineapple Salsa
-Hickory Smoked Ham
-Baked Zitti
-Escalloped Potatoes
-Green Beans with Almonds
-Salad, Rolls and Butter Coffee

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The Maridon Museum, 322 N. McKean St., Butler, PA 16001

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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,, 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.

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Kid's Korner Coloring Contest Winners

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

Click here to read more about the Kid's Korner coloring contest in our recent newsletter


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.

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