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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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Celebrate the Maridon


Did you know that the ancient Chinese believed that jade placed in the nine body openings before burial could inhibit decay? A piece of jade carved in the shape of a cicada was placed in the mouth of a corpse before burying. (You will see one of these rare artifacts -- Western Han dynasty 206 BCE-25 CE -- in The Maridon Museum’s Rear Gallery Timeline Exhibit).

Now, back to me.  In 2005, shortly after the opening of the museum, our founder, Mary Hulton Phillips, was presented with a wonderful collection of jade from a private collector in Ohio. I was one of the 21 pieces that she purchased that day. I believe that what makes me stand out in the crowd is that she thought I was so special that she took me home to keep with her until she built my new home in the museum, the Hall Vitrine. I am 16” long and have beautiful shades of lavender and green.  Please visit me (and the jade cicada, too, of course.)


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.

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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