Exploring the Maridon Museum in Butler County

Exploring the Maridon Asian Art Museum in Butler County Pennsylvania

If you’re looking for information about the Maridon Museum in Butler County, you’re in the right place!

The Maridon Museum is the only museum in Western Pennsylvania with a specific focus on Asian art and culture.
The Maridon Museum is the only museum in Western Pennsylvania with a specific focus on Asian art and culture.

The Maridon Museum in downtown Butler is the only museum in Western Pennsylvania specifically focused on Asian art and culture.

Some of the objects at the Maridon Museum depict emperors and legendary figures from Asian cultures.
Some of the objects at the Maridon Museum depict emperors and legendary figures from Asian
cultures.

The museum’s permanent collection includes over 800 art objects, including jade and ivory sculptures, tapestries, paintings, vases, and other assorted artifacts.

The Maridon Museum's permanent collection includes over 800 art objects.
The Maridon Museum’s permanent collection includes over 800 art objects.

The Maridon Museum is named after Mary Hulton Phillips and husband Don Phillips, Don being the grandson of the founder of T. W. Phillips Gas and Oil Company, also based in Butler.

The Maridon Museum in Butler County is named after Mary and Don Phillips, Don being the grandson of the founder of T. W. Phillips Gas and Oil Company.
The Maridon Museum is named after Mary and Don Phillips.

All of the items on display at the museum were personally collected over a lifetime by Mary Hulton Phillips.

The front gallery at the Maridon Museum provides an introduction to Asian art.
The front gallery at the Maridon Museum provides an introduction to Asian art.

While some objects in the museum’s collection date back as far as the Neolithic period, others were created by modern masters, like Ten Horses in Flight pictured below.

Ten Horses in Flight sculpture at the Maridon Museum in Butler County Pennsylvania.
“Ten Horses in Flight” sculpture.

All of the objects on display are accompanied by informative descriptions that help you understand what they represent.

A description of the Ten Horses in Flight sculpture at the Maridon Museum in Butler County Pennsylvania.
All of the sculptures at the Maridon Museum have informative descriptions accompanying them.

One gallery I found particularly interesting pertained to objects used by Chinese scholars as part of their rigorous training in the arts of painting, calligraphy, and poetry.

The rear gallery at the Maridon Museum features an exhibit of objects relating to the world of the Chinese scholar.
The rear gallery at the Maridon Museum features an exhibit of objects relating to the world of the Chinese scholar.

As with all the other galleries in the museum, informational signage provides context for the objects on display.

All of the exhibits at the Maridon Museum are accompanies by informational signage that puts the exhibit in context.
All of the exhibits at the Maridon Museum are accompanied by informational signage that puts the exhibit in context.

The Meissen Gallery at the Maridon Museum displays Mrs. Phillips’ extensive collection of Meissen porcelain.

The Meissen Gallery at the Maridon Museum features a large collection of German-made porcelain figures.
The Meissen Gallery at the Maridon Museum features a large collection of German-made porcelain figures.

The Meissen factory in Germany produced the first porcelain objects in the western world, beginning in 1710.

The Meissen factory in Germany produced the first porcelain objects in the western world, beginning in 1710.
The Meissen factory in Germany produced the first porcelain objects in the western world, beginning in 1710.

Meissen porcelain figures are prized by collectors because of their brilliant colors and extensive details, with some of the molds used by the company dating back centuries.

Meissen was known for its brilliantly colored and highly detailed figural pieces.
Meissen was known for its brilliantly colored and highly detailed figural pieces.

Hours and Directions

The Maridon Museum is open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday.

A pair of detailed sculptures on display at the Maridon Museum in Butler County Pennsylvania.
A pair of detailed sculptures on display at the musuem.

Entrance fees are $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, and children under 8 admitted for free.

A Korean painting featuring the Sun. Moon, and 5 Peaks, on display at the Maridon Museum in Butler County Pennsylvania.
A Korean painting featuring the Sun. Moon, and 5 Peaks.

The museum is located at 322 North McKean Street, Butler, PA 16001.

Despite its relatively small footprint, the Maridon Museum is a must-see if you have even a passing interest in Asian art and culture, a tribute to the generosity and keen collector’s eye of Mary Hulton Phillips.

The Maridon Museum in Butler County has been western PA's premier museum of Asian art and culture since opening in 2004.
The Maridon Museum in Butler County has been western PA’s premier museum of Asian art and culture since opening in 2004.

Nearby Attractions

Moraine State Park is a 16,725-acre recreational area in Butler County named for its hilly deposits of gravel, sand, and clay (moraines) that were deposited at the end of the last glacial period (about 12,500 years ago).

Crescent Bay Overlook on the South Shore of Lake Arthur at Moraine State Park.
Crescent Bay Overlook on the South Shore of Lake Arthur at Moraine State Park.

The centerpiece of Moraine State Park is 3,225 acre Lake Arthur, a man-made version of an even larger glacial lake that once existed in this same area thousands of years ago.

One of many boat docks on Lake Arthur at Moraine State Park.
One of many boat docks on Lake Arthur at Moraine State Park.

Playthings Etc. is a stealth bomber-shaped toy store along Route 8 in Butler County, billed by the owners as “The World’s Coolest Toy Store!”

Playthings Etc. resembles a stealth bomber parked along Route 8 in Butler County.
Playthings Etc. resembles a stealth bomber parked along Route 8. in Butler County.

Inside you’ll experience a space-age atmosphere where you can try many of the 6,000 toys on display.

The science fiction-themed interior of the stealth bomber toy sore in Butler County PA.
The science fiction-themed interior of Playthings Etc.

The Snowman is a one-of-a-kind, 13 foot-tall concession stand in Butler County that dispenses delicious frozen treats from his round white belly!

Visiting the Snowman Butler County's Coolest Roadside Attraction.
The Snowman near Portersville in Butler County.

Yellow Dog Village in neighboring Armstrong County is a former mining company town dating back to the early 1900s that now serves as a time capsule and tourist attraction.

Yellow Dog Village is Pennsylvania's Best Ghost Town.
Scenes from Yellow Dog Village.

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