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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

Last month, The Maridon was 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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Please join us for our India Film Series! Click here for the flyer.

Spring Films


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Kwun Kwong Kai, Director of the China Overseas Exchange Association and Chairman of the Pittsburgh Academy of Chinese Culture & Language, and his daughter, Sherry Kai, Owner/Operator of Bettis Floral Event Design in Pittsburgh, recently delivered items for a temporary exhibition at The Maridon to help us celebrate Chinese New Year, which kicks off Feb. 16th with a midnight feast to mark the Year of the Golden Dog.

We are all thrilled and honored to have these special items and the support of Kwun Kwong Kai and Sherry Kai. Please stop in next week to see them on display.


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

Celebrate the Maridon


Ivory was always a treasured material. Scarce amounts of early ivory survived the ravages of burial. The fact that we two have survived as a pair makes us even more remarkable. It has been a long journey for us before finally arriving at our current destination, the Time-Line Exhibit in the Rear Gallery of The Maridon Museum.

The stories we could tell span a very long time and an arduous journey, but we will keep it short and just tell you that we have arrived. Please visit us and our other remarkable 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.

Click here to read the Smithsonian Magazine article.


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