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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.

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I am a very stunning work of art. But more than that, I am a symbol of success, power, and authority. It has been said that the design of the scepter was conceived from Lingzhi, the sacred mushroom of longevity. When dried, it is very durable and an emblem of immortality or longevity. I personally have been around since the 17th century, a youngster compared to my ancestors who are referred to in texts as early as 206 BC to 24 AD. I understand some of my ancestors may have traveled with Buddhist monks from India into China and may have been used as back scratchers. Of course, they were probably roughly hewn from wood and not as elegant as my nephrite jade. Also, I was embellished with a carnelian bead and a multi-colored, finely braided tassel. Extra special!

For me, the most important thing in my history is my current residence in The Maridon Museum's Time Line Exhibit in the Rear Galley. My previous position in The Sheldon M. Wool Collection of Chinese Art was very special, but when Mary Hulton Phillips, founder of The Maridon, found just the right place for me in her heart and her museum, that was the ultimate! Please come to visit with me and my interesting companions in the Time Line.


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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