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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.

ButlerGives: Butler County organizations have a $10,000 match pool provided by the Endowment for Butler County and its donors. Contributions will be matched on a pro-rated basis. Participating organizations will receive all contributions made through the website less a 5.99 percent credit card and technology fee plus the matching portion. There is no limit to the amount a nonprofit may raise on Day of Giving. However, the match pool is capped at $1,000 per donor per organization.

What is the Day of Giving? The Pittsburgh Foundation's Day of Giving is a 16-hour, online giving event created to increase philanthropy in our region. The goal is simple – inspire Western Pennsylvanians to come together, show their pride in their communities, and contribute to support the life-changing work of local nonprofit organizations.

The Day of Giving will take place Tuesday, May 3rd from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Donations will be accepted during this 16-hour period through, or

How does it work? The Pittsburgh Foundation partners with Kimbia, Inc. ( to generate online profiles of participating nonprofits at, searchable by organization name, issue area and/or county. Online donations can be made to participating nonprofits starting at 8:00 a.m. on May 3rd and an online "leaderboard" will display real-time giving tallies to keep our community up-to-speed on the event.

Why Give? Public charities, schools and religious institutions play an essential role across our region – in health, arts, environment, education and social services. In today's economic environment these organizations need to accomplish much more with much less. Gifts made during the Day of Giving will be amplified by incentive prizes for participating nonprofits.


Other Upcoming Collection Events

April 21, 2016
"Once Upon A Time" (Victorian Jewelry) by Tammy Gallagher
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May 19, 2016
"The Cat's Meow" (Cats) by Zelda Wilbert
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2016 - "The Collectors"

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"The Collectors," a new program series, is being offered by The Maridon Museum featuring local collectors. These programs will be "show and tell" presentations of objects with stories that reflect the interest and/or passion of the collectors. We'll look at who collects what and why. What sparks the interest that leads to collecting?

Presentations will be Thursday evenings: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

  • May 19, 2016 "The Cat's Meow": (Cats)
    Zelda Wilbert

Free to the Public • Reservations are Required. If you have questions, please call 724.282.0123.


Spring Film Series 2016: India

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"The World of Apu" (1959)
Presented by Dr. Ken Harris
Thursday, April 28th at 6:00 PM
Directed by Satyajit Ray, Running time 1:45

This final installment in Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy, follows Apu's life as an orphaned adult aspiring to be a writer as he lives through poverty, and the unforeseen turn of events.

"Kahaani" (2012)
Presented by Dr. Sunita Peacock
Thursday, May 5th at 6:00 PM
Directed by Sujoy Ghosh, Running time 2:02

Kolkata is abuzz with the preparations for the annual Durga Puja festival, as seven months pregnant Vidya Bagchi steps off the airplane from London. Her first stop is the local police station to file a missing person report. Weeks ago, her husband Arnab arrived in India for a job assignment. The first two weeks, they talked daily on the phone, and then without explanation, his calls stopped. Everywhere Vidya turns, no one can remember Arnab. There is no trace of him at the guest house or his workplace. But Vidya will not give
up her search. Somewhere in Kolkata she will discover the dangerous truth.

"The Lunchbox" (2013)
Presented by Dr. Sunita Peacock
Thursday, May 12th at 6:00 PM
Directed by Ritesh Batra, Running time 1:44

The film, set in Mumbai, revolves around a mistaken delivery by the lunchbox service, which leads to a relationship between Saajan, a lonely widower close to retirement, and Ila, an unhappy housewife, as they start exchanging notes through the daily lunchbox.


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.

Click here to read the complete blog post!


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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