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We will be closed for the holidays on the following dates:
Thursday, November 22nd & Friday, November 23rd
Wednesday, December 26th
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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.

Maridon Featured in Huffington Post

The Maridon was recently featured in Huffington Post’s article “55 Best Lesser Known Art Museums, Artist Studios, and Art Centers in Northeast USA.” Come visit us to find out just why Malerie Yolen-Cohen, Huffington Post Contributor, wrote “It’s a knockout museum worth a drive from anywhere. The Asian art collection at The Maridon is fascinating on many levels – the most elemental being its stunning beauty and fine craftsmanship.”

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The Maridon Museum is offering every third Thursday at 6 p.m. a short Dharma based on the teachings of Buddha and a contemplative period of meditation. These lessons are open to anyone. The Crystal Lotus meditation group will host and support beginning practitioners of meditation, which has proven to be beneficial for those suffering stress, anger, and general emotional strife. Donations welcome.  All proceeds benefit The Maridon.

On November 17 at 1 p.m. The Maridon is hosting a seminar for those interested in studying Buddhist philosophy with an emphasis on Zen. The speaker will be Dr. Cynthia Marshall, an ordained Buddhist chaplain. This seminar, conducted in a beautiful museum setting, is intended for people of all religious backgrounds who are curious about Eastern thought. There is a fee of $15/person, $10 Members.

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Come Learn Mahjong or Mix With Experienced Players!

Games are open to all, and we only ask that you register to attend so we are prepared to provide instructions for those not familiar with Mahjong. Game length times vary, but we always finish by 4:00 p.m. Come along and bring some friends!

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Please join us for our book club! Click here for the flyer.

Celebrate the Maridon


My pup and I traveled from Meissen, Germany, around1830-40. We made our home with Mary Hulton Phillips, Founder of The Maridon Museum, on March 19, 1999. This was five years before the opening of the museum, so I was in a position to greet many more newcomers from my hometown before the museum opened in 2004.

Mrs. Phillips welcomed hundreds of us to share her home and her new museum. She believed we were so special that she dedicated an entire gallery to us, now known as The Meissen Gallery.

Interesting to note that Mrs. Phillips not only liked porcelain pugs but furry ones as well. There was Su Ling, Bentley, Ming, and Ming Ling that I recall. Ming Ling was just a baby when Mrs. Phillips went to rest at the Rainbow Bridge with her other pugs.

At this time, I am in a very special temporary exhibit, “Year of the Dog,” located in the museum’s Side Gallery. Please visit.


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

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Chamber Award


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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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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