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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.

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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A Taste of Korea

September 17th -20th
$6 per person for a 4 day event pass or $3 per night
Korea's History, Culture, Language, Artifacts on Display

  • September 17th
    4:00 PM - Doors open
    5:15 - Dr. Kang-Yup Na of Westminster College eagerly shares his lifelong knowledge of Korea and the Koreans.
  • September 18th
    5:00 PM - Doors open
    6:15 - Presentation of Korean War and book, "Love Beyond Measure" by author Katie Schell and her mother Pega
    Crimbehin. Book signing to follow.
  • September 19th
    4:00 PM - Doors open
    Hangul with Suk-Ja Lee 5:15-Dr. Kang-Yup Na sums up the week's
    presentations, open discussion for all who have comments & questions.
  • September 20th
    Items on display

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Fall 2014 Film Series: Presenter's Choice

Now Featuring: Poetry
September 26th at 6:00PM
"Poetry" - 2010 Korean Film
Directed by Chang-dong Lee
2 hrs. 19mins
Presented by Dr. Bill Covey of Slippery Rock University
A sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class.

Coming Soon!


October 9th at 6:00PM
Presented by Dr. Armand Policicchio
1999 1 hr. 32 mins.
Director:Yang Zhang
Presented by Dr. Armand Policicchio of Slippery Rock University
Shenzhen businessman, Da Ming, goes home to Beijing when he thinks his father has died. He finds his father hard at work at the family's bathhouse (the false message was a ruse of Da's mentally-handicapped, exuberant brother, Er Ming, to get Da home). Da stays a couple days, observing his father being social director, marriage counselor, and dispute mediator for his customers and a boon companion to Er. Da is caught between worlds: the decaying district of his childhood and the booming south where he now lives with a wife who's not met his family. When Da realizes his father's health is failing and the district is slated for razing, he must take stock of family and future.

Brick Lane
October 23rd at 6:00PM
Presented by Dr. Ken Harris
A young Bangladeshi woman, Nazneem, arrives in 1980s London, leaving behind her beloved sister and home, for an arranged marriage and a new life. Trapped within the four walls of her flat in East London, and in a loveless marriage with the middle aged Chanu, she fears her soul is quietly dying. Her sister Hasina, meanwhile, through letters to Nazneed, tells of her carefree life back in Bangladesh, stumbling from one adventure to the next. Nazneen struggles to accept her lifestyle, and keeps her head down in
spite of life's blows, but she soon discovers that life cannot be avoided - and is forced to confront it the day that the hotheaded young Karim comes knocking at her door.

The Future of Ghosts
November 6th at 6:00PM
Presented by Dr. Sunita Peacock
A rib-tickling comedy about a group of spirits who, in their various idiosyncrasies, try and save their only haunt, their resting place, when some unscrupulous builders try and break it down to build a modern monstrosity

Reservations are required. Call 724.282.0123 for more details.

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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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Spirited Away Movie Postponed -- Please check back for reschedule date


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


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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