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Maridon Museum

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Maridon Museum

Location Details

PHONE: 724-282-0123
ADDRESS: 322 North McKean St.
Butler, PA 16001
HOURS: Tues-Sat 11-5, Sun 12-5
COST: Adults: $4; Students & Seniors: $3; Children under 8: Free

Description

Would you believe that China is only an hour away from Pittsburgh? Hidden in Butler City is the Maridon Museum, built by Mary Hulton Phillips to display her priceless collection of Asian art.

The Maridon’s first two galleries offer a study in contrasts: ancient jade and ivory sculptures (some up to 4 feet tall!), silk wall-hangings of Chinese landscapes painted in the mid-17th century, and contemporary art created by Chinese Artist Wan Quingli.

The third gallery interprets the Chinese philosophical principle of art as education, focusing on the traditional training of the Chinese Mandarin. A Mandarin was to be not only a scholar but also a skilled artist and calligrapher, and through these arts was to set a moral and ethical example for the people as a representative of the emperor. Visitors can see a scholar’s table with his various instruments and tools.

The final gallery displays Mrs. Phillips’ collection of Meissen porcelain. Meissen porcelain began in 18th century Germany, but was based on techniques developed in China in the 5th century

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