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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. Upcoming dates:

  • 3/21/19
  • 4/18/19
  • 5/16/19
  • 6/20/19

Click here for complete details. Call 724.282.0123 to register now!


Please join us for our spring book club. Click here for the flyer. Call 724.282.0123 to register now!


Please join us for our film series. Click here for the flyer. Call 724.282.0123 to register now!


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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I originated in Beijing, China, during the Qianlong Period (1736-1796).  I am a very rare brush pot carved in Indian elephant ivory and inlaid with hawksbill tortoise ivory.  Because both animals today are endangered, only antique pieces made of these materials can enter the United States. 

The theme of my carvings is “The Seven Scholars of the Bamboo Grove.”  This is the tale of seven renowned scholars at the end of the Eastern Han Dynasty (220 AD).  These scholars were so offended by the corruption they saw in government that they retreated to a grove of seven bamboo trees to write poetry, play weiqi (go), and perform on the qin (lute).  This set the model for the retirement of mandarins and other scholarly bureaucrats and also set the theme for many works of art. I bear the Qianlong six-character seal mark. I reside as a member of the esteemed group in the “Timeline Exhibit” of the Rear Gallery in The Maridon Museum.  Please visit me.


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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