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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 Board of Trustees cordially invites you to Celebrate the Maridon and the Harvest Moon

Doors Open: 5:30 p.m.
Hors D’oeuvres: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner Stations: 7:00 p.m.

Dinner & Dancing to the Sounds of TMG Big Band
Silent Auction
Basket Raffle
Cash Bar
Special Performance by Yanlai Dance Academy

$100 per person, if they are made by September 17, 2018.
$125 per person.
Black tie is optional.

All proceeds benefit The Maridon Museum.


Questions? Please call 724.282.0123.


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.

On October 13 at 10 a.m. there will be a morning session and lunch to study and practice yoga, a deep muscle practice that aids in self-knowledge. There is a fee of $30/person, $25 Members. 

On November 17 at 1 p.m. The Maridon is hosting a seminar for those interested in studying Buddhist philosophy with an emphasis on Zen. The speaker will be Dr. Cynthia Marshall, an ordained Buddhist chaplain. This seminar, conducted in a beautiful museum setting, is intended for people of all religious backgrounds who are curious about Eastern thought. There is a fee of $15/person, $10 Members.

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Please join us for our book club! Click here for the flyer.

Celebrate the Maridon

Please join us for our 2018 Fall Film Series! Click here for the flyer.


I am a prestigious member of the first large dinner service produced by the German Meissen Manufactory (c 1728-1763), and I bear the K.H.C. mark that refers to the Royal Court Confectionary. This mark was used c.1730-1763. I was created for the pantry of Frederick Augustus (“The Strong”). Augustus was elector prince of Saxony and King of Poland. He was a major collector of porcelain during the 17th Century and spurred the creation of the Meissen Manufactory in 1710. My yellow lion (sometimes referred to as “Rich Old Yellow Lion” and sometimes identified as a tiger), weaves through multi-colored flowers and bamboo in the Japanese Kakiemon style. This style is attributed to potter Sakaida Kakiemon.

In 2015, The Maridon presented noted author Friedrich Thiel, Ph.D., who discussed the museum’s rare 18th Century porcelain. I was one of the rare pieces selected for Dr. Thiel’s lecture. Please visit me and my 18th Century companions in the East Meets West Exhibit of the museum.


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.

Click here to read the Smithsonian Magazine article.


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