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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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Celebrate the Maridon


I am a manju-style netsuke. My style/shape refers to the Japanese confection manju. A classic manju is a steamed cake filled with a red bean paste. Interesting connection to me: I was created in the mid-20th century from Indian elephant ivory and adorned with an ink-etched figure of an old man holding a makimono (rolled scroll) on one side. A smiling youth is etched on my back.

Netsuke originated in the 16th and 17th centuries. Men wore sashes during the Edo Period (1615-1868), and netsuke were miniature sculptures used as button-like fixtures to prevent dangling items hanging off the sash from falling off. We were created from a variety of materials such as ivory, wood, stone, and metal, and we could be very simple or elaborate.

We were often given as special commemorative gifts, became very collectible, and found ourselves in showcases. Mary Hulton Phillips, founder of The Maridon Museum, enjoyed collecting netsuke and designated a wall in the Rear Gallery of the museum to showcase us. Please come to visit me and more than 100 other netsuke on display.


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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