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Causes: Art Museums, Arts & Culture, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Performing Arts

Mission: The mariposa museum and world culture center fosters peace, global awareness and understanding across cultural boundaries through compelling exhibits, performances and programs, and educational partnerships that reach people of all ages across nh and the greater new england area.

Programs: The mariposa museum and world culture center fosters peace, global awareness and understanding across cultural boundaries through compelling exhibits, performances and programs, and educational partnerships that reach people of all ages across nh and the greater new england area.

Community Stories

204 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

To have a place that gives individuals the opportunity to learn about other cultures and subjects that cover many fields of knowledge is wonderful. Keep doing it! :)

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I began my journey with the Mariposa museum, before it even was a museum, working with Joseph's Coat and the co-founder of the Mariposa museum, Linda Marsella. While my parents raised me with cultures from all over the world, Linda created a very special place with Joseph's Coat & the Mariposa Museum by bringing the cultures of the world to everyone else right here in the wonderful little town of Peterborough, NH. Every time I have visited with my family I am amazed and taken into a world of inspiring passion to show all cultures being together artistically, creatively, displaying great feelings of fun, joy, learning and peace. It is a great place for anyone to explore themselves and the world of people & their cultures around them. Mitakuye Oyasin. - Jessica Kaiser

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Paul234

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Dear Board and Staff:

I am writing to thank you for your time, hospitality, and generosity when my wife and I visited your museum recently. It was certainly the highlight of our trip, which included several days in Boston and a number of visits to institutions and sites in the southern New Hampshire area.

As someone who has worked in the arts and cultural field for more than forty years and travelled a great deal, I have visited countless museums and art galleries in North America and other parts of the world. I must say that I think your museum is one of the finest I have seen. While it is not large, it is inspirational and transformative in every respect.

From the moment I set foot in your museum until the moment I left, I felt revitalized, captivated, and at home. As founder and Director of the World Culture Project - which is devoted to broadening and deepening understanding of culture and cultures throughout the world and was officially declared a World Decade of Cultural Development activity by the United Nations and UNESCO in 1989 - I was especially taken by the ability of your museum to convey so much information of vital importance about the character and value of the many diverse cultures of the world. This was achieved through attractively-displayed exhibits and creatively-presented art objects and artifacts.

An added bonus was the pleasure of seeing so many children in the museum enjoying musical instruments from the various cultures of the world and listening to well-told stories from around the world. It is always wonderful to see a museum that provides exhibitions of the highest quality and variety, as well as 'hands-on opportunities' for visitors. But when these visitors are children, especially during the middle of summer, one knows that the museum is more than fulfilling the mandate and purpose that were established for it.

I believe your museum deserves a great deal of private and public support. It is the kind of museum that should exist in every community as a result of its ability to inform and excite as well as enrich and illuminate. It should be expanded well beyond the present physical premises in my view, largely through the creation of many more outreach programs, travelling exhibitions, and website activities that can reach many more people. Hopefully, governments, corporations, and foundations will respond generously to this necessity. You have a great deal to contribute, and much to create that would be of inestimable value to Peterborough, the United States, and the world at large.

With my very best wishes for every success in your future endeavors. Please don't hesitate to give my name, email address, or telephone number to people who want to talk about a museum that 'has got it right,' and deserves a great deal more financial assistance and developmental support in the years and decades ahead.

With my very best wishes and warmest regards.

D. Paul Schafer,
Director
World Culture Project
(www3.sympatico.ca/dpaulschafer)
19 Sir Gawaine Place,
Markham, Ontario
L3P 3A1
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 905-471-1342

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Last year I was fortunate to be able to pay a visit to the Mariposa Museum and participate in some of its wonderful activities. As part of a series on Peoples of the North, I was introduced to traditional Scottish songs sung while “waulking” (softening and cleansing) wool, and enjoyed a folk dancing session in which I used muscles and other body parts I hadn’t exercised for a while. These programs as well as meandering through the interesting exhibits gave me a sense of connection with those who live in other countries and the diverse communities to which they belong.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am attracted to this special spot in town on any rainy, cold and windy, or sweltering day for it's entertainment and break from the every day life. There is always something new to learn, see and touch. There is always something here for every age. It is an asset to this community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

i usually work in the mariposa on saturdays. frequently children bring their parents in because they've enjoyed their experience in the 'please
touch' museum. visitors to town who 'happen' upon us are very impressed to find such a special place for themselves, for their children and grandchildren.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My mother founded the Mariposa Museum as a way to promote world peace, on the principle that educating children about other cultures is the best insurance for a peaceful future. A child who has dressed in a Vietnamese costume, played an African drum or become fascinated by an Indian puppet will feel a sense of connection whenever he or she hears about these places. More importantly, such children will always see the people of these countries as human beings like themselves -- and dehumanization of one's "enemy" is a prerequisite of warfare. What better way, then, to promote global citizenship, volunteerism and a respect for the many cultures that share our world, than by giving children this wonderful place to learn and play? Not everyone can afford the luxury of foreign travel -- but a visit to the Mariposa is the next best thing.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

The Mariposa is a treasure trove of cultural knowledge and a really wonderful resource to the community. I have been impressed with all of the wonderful events they put on, and wish I could visit more often!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have attended several events at the Mariposa Museum such as: People Power - the overthrow of Marcos in the Philippines; Philippine Dance and Music; and Iskwelahang Pilipino Rondalla Ensemble.
The Museum provided me with a great opportunity to: relive the past, exchanged views with the other audience and participants, enjoy Filipino native foods; gave me an excellent atmosphere of connection/ or reconnection to my past, present and future. The place and the events, were very enriching, informative and original. Above all it gave me a high sense of pride specially in overthrowing a dictator through a peaceful means "People Power." And Filipinos are special and beautiful.... The people are very welcoming, organized, and mission oriented. I am delighted that with Mariposa's contiuned existence, my family and I can always come back to attend any events lined up for showing. I would invite my friends to come and visit Mariposa Museum - great place, events and performance.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a delightful place to find in such a quaint New England town! It was an honor for our dance group to be invited by David Blair & Lina Hervas of the Mariposa Museum. It offered us a chance to share our culture through dance, music and costumes to a very appreciative community. Likewise, it was a learning experience for our members most especially our young dancers. They truly appreciated what they learned from the exhibits and delighted at how the museum offered so many 'hand's on' exhibits. I've told friends to go visit the museum whenever they're up in NH.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Having grown up in the Philippines (Quezon City and Isabela in particular), stepping into Mariposa Museum is like stepping into the wonderful childhood I had left behind!

My family (husband and three children) and I came to the Mariposa Museum the evening that they had the celebration of the People Power Revolution. I was in college when People Power happened. It brought back many vivid memories. My anticipation was that of a formal and serious event. But the museum itself was very refreshing. The lay out as well as the items on exhibit catered to my inner child. Our own children were thrilled to see some of the items that they had seen in Manila as well as things that they learn about at Boston's Iskwelahang Pilipino.

The reception immediately after the People Power presentation was very up close and personal. Truly a global experience with everyone sharing thoughts and ideas. The Filipino food of course, was sumptuous!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The light of the Mariposa Museum shines brightly in the northern New England town of Peterborough. A very special place for the town and surrounding communities, it offers not only a hands-on-cultural experience for children and adults, but also a beautiful and intimate performance space for dance and music. Through the Mariposa’s collections, special exhibits and events, people are truly exposed to the wonderful diversity of the world. Information about the many scheduled activities and events at the Museum are easily accessible on its up-to-date and very navigable website. The Museum is a true asset to rural New England.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Mariposa Museum offers exposure to world cultures for children and adults alike in an intimate and fun way. Live performances and unique exhibits bring education and entertainment to a rural community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We were impressed by the international flavor of Mariposa Museum when we visited. It is similar in some respects to the high caliber of the Dumbarton Oaks Museum in Washington DC.
It has information for all age groups.
It is handicap accessible.

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Peter H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have visited the museum on numerous organizations and have been blown away by the breadth and depth of the collections. Furthermore, the museum make the collections come alive by delivering programs that draw on each of the exhibits.
After every visit we walk out of the museum having learned something new.

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Eric M.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I recently attended the Mariposa for a story-telling evening. It was both metaphorically and literally a warm hour out of the winter cold, listening to Dylan Thomas' Christmas story in Wales, followed by warm cider and cookies. Regardless of event, perhaps the most appealing thing about the Mariposa is the warmth provided by the physical nature of the building. Upon entering, one is surrounded by the pleasing tones, colors, and textures of the myriad cultural artefacts and objects on display. And the staff are uncommonly warm.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mariposa Museum is a haven where one gets to learn something about different countries and their unique culture. It's a one-stop museum that has cultural history from all over the world. As the name implies --- MARIPOSA --- which means "butterfly" --- the museum is in itself a symbol of a beautiful transformation...and that's what one will feel and experience upon visiting the place.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is very pleasant to see a museum that portrays the culture diversity of a sister nation. This is a much needed topic to those that fought along the sides of the American people during world war 2 after December 7th. Very happy to see the credit given to our sister nation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff at the Mariposa are committed, passionate, imaginative and informed. I have worked as a volunteer on one program and attended many others -- each time impressed with the quality of information presented, enthusiasm of volunteers, and number of people attending the events. The Mariposa brings the world and a diversity of cultures to an otherwise very homogenous region and provides a very important educational and enjoyable sevice.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It provides a unique venue of genuine concern to preserve not only the cultures of people around the world, but most all as expression of continuing passion for life and, living to be fully human, fully alive. Likewise, it reflects an embodiment of really creative and magnificent educators not only as teachers of artifacts and rare collections but most of all, of life and experience having enjoyed opportunity to share to others such valuable memories.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Though I have not visited Mariposa Museum personally but I know for a fact that the museum does not only display artifacts from countries all over the world but it opens to varied activites like art exhibits of artists from other countries( recently from the Philippines), folk dances from other countries and other cultural presentations. These I know as I receive brochures of activities at Mariposa Museum through the mail. These rich cultural activities can help educate the people visiting the museum

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I know the owners of Mariposa Museum personally. They have been my mentors when in comes to teaching and training. Their passion for teaching is reflected on Mariposa. I would say the museum aside from providing information and opening minds about other countries, it mainly promotes appreciation of different cultures which is very essential to young minds.

Keep up the wonderful work Lina and David!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My toddler LOVED being able to explore all of the instruments... what a memorable hands-on experience for her! And I, for one, loved all the intricate and colorful costumes... if only such beautiful ensembles were available at the local mall.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Mariposa Museum is an amazing place. Just walking or driving by invites one to visit with its colorful flags. The artifacts from around the world are very representational of all cultures and demonstate the creative spirit of mankind. Its educational programs are many ,open to all and very uplifting. We are very fortunate to have this educational facility.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I salute Mariposa Museum for bringing folk art, dances and music - in the community and the surrounding areas. I see that there are three ways, for instance, the MM is dealing with these - The first is to do them as the folks do them - retain their purity, simplicity, record them for posterity for what they are. The second is to embellish them, dress them up, modify and shorten them. I observed this in different dance, music, art workshop, lecture and presentation that I attended to come up with good entertainment that will be appreciated by urbanized audiences. And the third is to draw from them as do modern artists. In bringing them to the Mariposa Museum - it makes indigenous folk culture the source of modern art, dance, music and talks.

Visiting the museum brings change in me which is inevitable, I believe . As I try to integrate myself to other cultures I see changes in me and so do in other people that I met and encounter. The atmosphere and the environment started to be open, relax, friendly and trustful. Grateful for this great museum for leaving some footprints "values" in my life and others. I know that even as values change, this maybe replaced with something of equal value. By coming to this place often, I found my cultural identity that may help create great art and person in me and hopefully in others as well. With this cultural identity discovery I was able to express my universality. Thank you Mariposa Museum!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I performed a Swedish folk tale puppet show last spring, when Mariposa was hosting an exhibit of peoples of northern lands. What a beautiful, welcoming space! The exhibit brought textiles, costumes and toys that I have rarely seen, and I actively seek Scandinavian themes. The exhibit mixed displays with things children could touch, so it was very engaging. And the third floor was stocked with musical instruments of many countries that everyone could try out.
The museum strikes a great balance between lots to see and do, and a calm place to enjoy.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Enter the Mariposa museum and you are surrounded by a seemingly eclectic array of objects, lots and lots of objects. You are struck by color, vibrant colors. It is almost like entering a bazaar. But your eyes are taking in something different from most museums. This is the vision and creation of people who have a profound understanding of, and appreciation for, the beauty of everyday as well as ceremonial garments, adornments, musical instruments, and a profusion of other objects from a wide range of cultures.

There are wonders and surprises in every corner, on every wall, in every display cabinet. You are invited to touch, feel, ponder, smile, exclaim. The genius of this treasure trove, beyond the visual and tactile beauty of it, is that it connects you, quite purposefully, with the people who created each item; you can explore and find out the where, the when, the why, the how of it all, through guided activities, through demonstrations, performances and ceremonies, with people familiar with or from specific cultures.

Wherever I go, I explore as many museums as possible. Museums are a passion of mine; they are also important in the work I do, which is picture research. Nowhere have I encountered a museum and an organization quite like the Mariposa, both intimate in feel and vast in its embrace of cultures. And the truly amazing part of it? It exists in a small town in a relatively rural part of southern New Hampshire. It is a testimony to the power of the vision of its creators, the dedication of its staff and supporters, and the receptivity of the public.

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Donor

Rating: 5

It is said you can never really know another human being until you have walked in his or her shoes. The Mariposa Museum, unlike most others, gives children and adults that exact opportunity by providing its wonderful 'hands on', interactive experience with the clothes, musical instruments, tools, sacred objects and more that leave one truly touched by another culture and time. What a rich and unforgetable way to teach history and encourage tolerance and curiosity.

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Donor

Rating: 4

The Mariposa is an essential part of the town and of the region. It brings the World to the Monadnock region.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

After stopping by Mariposa while on a vacation through New England about a year ago, our family realized the great service this museum provides for rural southern New Hampshire. For one, the museum serves as a starting point for adults who have never experienced direct, first-hand contact with a culture other than their own. Art can often serve as an attractive if not intriguing introduction into the struggles and joys of a people's daily existence. Secondly, the museum serves as an invitation to young people to expand the scope of their examination of a world they are just beginning to encounter. Bii-cultural persons who live in the area can use the museum to assist in educating their neighbors about that "other" part of the world from which they come. And lastly, the museum is a meeting place for those who share or share interest in a common heritage.
The first and last aspects above are what we personally experienced at Mariposa, since we happened to arrive on the same day that Filipino artists were exhibiting some of their work, and Filipinos from the area (surprise!) were in attendance. We were amazed that Filipinos had even settled there.
If anything, Mariposa needs more space and programs to interpret the cultures whose artifacts are on display. How timely, for example, with countries like Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia dominating the news, might Mariposa provide some context and therefore understanding of that part of the world.
We enjoyed the museum for the short time we had to visit and were overwhelmed with the volume of artifacts on display there.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Mariposa Museum brings "the world" to the Monadnock region and beyond. The ever-changing focus on different regions of the world provide a wonderful education to children and adults. The "hands-on" experience to the clothing, musical instruments, books, games, puzzles and displays from around the world greatly enhance children's school learning. The music, signing and dancing talent periodically brought to the Museum is wonderful!
The talent, skill, dedication and helpfulness that David Blair, Terry Reeves, Mose Olemik and the entire staff bring to the Mariposa Museum are a gift to so many in the community and beyond.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm a summer resident of the area. Many of my guests have visited the Mariposa and given it rave reviews. Finally, last summer, I visited with my grandchildren, attended a craft session with them, and enjoyed the many offerings of the museum. We would also give the Mariposa rave reviews!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter and I visit the Mariposa regularly. Whenever I suggest going, her face lights up. She loves to put on the costumes and do the scavenger hunts. The instrument area is always a great place to interact with others. It's an amazing way to soak up all the cultural information they have to offer.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Museum is a magical place. I am a doll lover and I love that this collection contains so many dolls from around the world as part of its fabulous collection. Whenever you want to feel part of something bigger than yourself all you have to do is walk in the door and you are transported.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My wife (a former Board member of Mariposa) and I have been friends of the museum since we lived in the Monadnock region from 2002-2006, having returned to the U.S. from India. During that period we had the pleasure of contributing to the museum's cultural programs and providing other assistance in areas where we were competent. Our desire has always been to see this hidden gem become not so hidden and receive much wider exposure in the New England area, because of the increasing value for Americans (children and adults alike), to learn more about other cultures in the 'global village" we live in today. Mariposa's exhibits and arts programs deliver immeasurable value to visitors in that regard. Kudos and continued good wishes to the museum's director, staff and volunteers.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Mariposa is a wonderful place to learn about different cultures through artifacts, crafts, tours, and performances.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been to the Mariposa Museum, and I had a GREAT experience!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was an international student in 2004 when i had the opportunity to visit the museum. The experience that Mariposa Museum has broaden my curiosity to expand my interest in learning about other countries. They not only have the paraphernalia's/artifacts from different countries they visited..or featured, they have write ups/books of wide array of resources.

Being a student away from home, i felt so at home finding a place like this -which reminded me that we are all a piece of a big tapestry of people living in this creative world...and everywhere people has stories of their own that shows their own unique culture-struggles and success!

I have been in Mariposa while being a student and when i have the chance to be in the USA, i put it in my agenda to see this beautiful -enriched place because of the way they reach out to people from all over the world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Every town should have a Mariposa Museum & World Culture center! For many people, especially children, this is the closest they will come to experiencing another culture in its "truest" form. With many stereotypes and so much false information floating around in the media it's important to me that cultures are represented in a positive and non-generalizing light, which is exactly what the Mariposa does! Through artifacts, performances and many other interactive ways of learning, the Mariposa provides an environment that celebrates the beauty of cultural variation and opens the minds of young and seasoned generations alike...if you are in the area be sure you don't miss the unique opportunity to experience what the Mariposa is doing*

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This museum is a true treasure. It’s a lovely gem hidden in the center of Peterborough. It provides the community a “window onto the world”, through its wonderful art collections, amazing exhibitions, workshops/demonstrations, performing arts, education and lectures.

This is a great place for adults and kids.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Mariposa is a invaluable part of the Monadnock region. They are a "living" museum dedicated to educating the local population about the world's cultures. There is always something new to see or a new event to attend. I also appreciate the museum as a concert venue. It is a perfect place to take in chamber music of all sorts.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Mariposa is one of the cornerstones of Peterborough. In its' short time, it has established itself as a local leader in ethnic and global education. When you walk into the museum, it's like walking into another country (s) of beauty. The lectures are always interesting and the classes very good. We can learn much from what the Mariposa has to offer. We are extremely fortunate to have such a place in our community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Mariposa Museum is one of the most clearly laid out ethnology museums I have ever seen. For it's size, it presents an amazing amount of information, and yet it's not cluttered or confusing. The library has a wonderful selection from various cultures. It is no surprise that Mariposa has become such a valuable resource to schools, colleges, and the general public. It is impossible overlook the energy and attention to detail that have gone into its creation and ongoing development.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Each time I step into this museum I feel like I'm stepping into another exotic world. I especially enjoy seeing the artwork and clothing from other cultures. These pieces are beautiful and inspiring. I have also enjoyed special events, such as the Scandinavian cooking demonstration.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

The museum has a welcoming feel and colorful appearance. One can spend hours gazing at elegantly clad figures, exotic objects, and exquisite textiles. But the interpretive, substantive element seems to be missing. I see cases marked by country or continent .. however
no map to help me find my place in the world .. and little to instruct me about who uses an object, how is it used, when is it used, why it is used. Are these still used today or are they parts of a culture's history?
I see many have given 5 stars- "far exceeds expectations". I ask myself were their expectations so low or were mine too high. I see this collection a bit the way I first saw a rock collection. It intrigued me but without someone's explanation ..it remained just that a collection of wondrous unknown varied rocks,.. I wanted to be taken away and given a real taste of another culture. To get a sense of the ways of many whom I know I will never have an opportunity to meet.
I wondered what someone wld learn about me and NH life were I to exhibit my teapot, my sister's old doll and bottle of maple syrup. From my point of view not much and I imagine they would want to be told, shown or given more .. to really increase their unerstanding. I left disappointed and not sure why to go back.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mariposa offers an oasis of peace surrounded by beautiful artifacts that represent indigenous peoples from around the world. The main room has seen many performances that bring multicultural events that are a much needed inclusion of diversity in our culture: this is where we meet the art of the whole world. Through the artifacts and performances Mariposa celebrates the wagon wheel of cultures.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My musical groups have performed at the Mariposa numerous times. It's a great place to play--the wonderful environment of art and artifacts within those walls, and the layout of the structure itself inspires creativity and attentiveness for both performers and listeners, and the folks there that we've worked with have been helpful and welcoming.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I had a great time learning about different cultures through art, music, games, and crafts. I found the museum to be open and engaging for both adults and children. The staff was polite and helpful.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

On the Mariposa Museum web site page one reads the following words: "When children are raised with respect and curiosity towards
other cultures, the world will know more peace and less war."
As a Dancer and Actress who works with 'Sacred Theater' performing folk tales and mythical plays using Masks from around the World, I have come to understand intimately, that powerful relationships can be established through the medium of theater, art, and culture. It is by way of relationship that we find ourselves in the world, and it is in the world of interaction that we learn to establish our self holistically, and in harmony with others. Here the importance of nurturing a healthy self in relation to 'another' is a core lesson, and one held unique amongst the vitality of the experiential 'hands on' approach. The Mariposa Museum- provides a safe, purposeful, and fun environment which invokes the imagination, and nurtures the spirit of our children. Bravo to the Mariposa for celebrating the curiosities in our differences and also the common thread in our similarities.. providing a base foundation of tolerance, flexibility, and compassion for a better future now.

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Louise H C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

By entering the front door of the Mariposa Museum I found many artifacts, pictures, crafts, musical instruments that I had found in my travels to China, Galopagus Islands, Equador, England, Wales, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Figi Islands, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and western USA and Canada, It was a thrill to have all this in my new hometown! I moved from Philadelphia, PA (having lived there 60 years) to make my home in the mountains and woods of New Hampshire. I had no idea that world culture would be there also!! WHAT A GIFT!! I have taken my grand children to visit, my great grandchildren to see touch, and color their impressions; and to help them understand why their grandmother is so thrilled with the world we live in!! David Blair and his staff have provided us with a wonderful gift!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Maripose Museum brings the diversity of the world to a small town in rural New England. It opens the eyes of everyone who visits. The programs and guest speakers and artists are unrivaled.
We are indeed fortunate to have such a rich resource in our town.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love to bring my group to perform Traditional Vietnamese Dance at Mariposa.
My students from age 6 to 30 all love to perform there.
The director and all staff are very warm. They work hard to promote
other cultures and provide education. My students came there to perform but they came away with a great feeling of understanding other culture.

Chi Potter, Director
Homeland Dance, LLC

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been going to the Mariposa for what seems like forever. When I was in middle school, one of the required activities for all students was to do community service hours. I didn't want to do the "traditional" clean-up trash, help the elderly, etc... I wanted to do something different and out of the ordinary. So, I asked the Mariposa Museum if there was anything they needed help with, that I could volunteer for. The very next day I was in the Mariposa folding 100 paper cranes. It was a fun way to start off my experience. My volunteer duties soon changed from just folding paper cranes, to folding butterflies, teaching children a craft, helping around the museum, overall, just being a good volunteer. The Mariposa has helped me grow in more ways than one, and I see it change people. Watching how the children and adults go through the museum, and look at all of the beautiful wonders, it really can change a person.

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Alison S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Mariposa Museum is a sliver of magic in the New England town of Peterborough. Not only is it an exquisite space with remarkable, tactile exhibits, it is also a haven for encountering the best of world culture.

I always stop by several times when the Tibetan Buddhist lamas visit to create their remarkable sand mandalas. I've also attended wonderful drumming and dance performances, and countless exhibits.

Of special note is the spirit of promoting world peace that guides each step of the Museum's evolution. Appreciation, understanding and compassion for cultures worlds from our own is a natural outgrowth of what visitors experience.

I am deeply grateful.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

New Hampshire is a very small, homogenous, white, somewhat isolated state. People of differing ethnicities live in our cities of Manchester and Nashua. The Monadnock region is tucked away in the Southwestern corner of the state. Our children and adults do not see or experience much in the way of a variety of beliefs and lifestyles. the Mariposa is a place where people of all ages can gather to experience different ways of life, different foods,clothes, and religions with a broad variety of programs.

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Donor

Rating: 5

"An amazing collection celebrating diversity and beauty. The museum has programs of interest for all ages. Well worth visiting and supporting.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As I have worked with Mariposa, I begin to see its wide impact on
a broad spectrum of people of all ages in this area. programs and
exhibits for many interests from crafts, to music, to the culture and histories of parts of the world that an individual either has not had a
chance to visit, or whose interest has been awakened for further
investigation. I recently had a chance to attend a program about the Hmung people of SE Asia. References to the Hmung had always
piqued my curiosity and now I have a connection with the community in
Fitchburg, MA. I recently spent two days with my 8 yr. old granddaughter
doing all the hands-on activities for kids.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The vision and values of this elegant, charming museum echo those of the community. The Mariposa Museum mission to bring the world to New England's doorstep by providing extraordinary programs and celebrations of world cultures is of huge benefit to children and adults alike. Peterborough would not be nearly as unique and special as it is, were it not for this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an 80 year old former farm girl from Indiana and have somehow not had much time in my life to learn about other countries and cultures. Right here in my own town, I can see artifacts from hundreds of other cultures and attend programs that focus on customs, music, dancing and art. The Mariposa is the best.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Just as New Yorkers don't take advantage of the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, we locals sometimes take the Mariposa for granted.

We took our out of town friend and her five year old. He had a blast and was happily engaged for a good, long time. No mean feat for a five year old.

We're very lucky to have such a resource right here in our community!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I regard the Mariposa as a sparkling gem in our community. It's rare to find a place with a rich and worldly perspective in a small NH town. The staff do a brilliant job with creating programs for all age groups, from school age kids to our elders. I especially enjoy the evening music programs, that host small outstanding performance groups from all over the world. All this, and I can attend in jeans and fleece. Thank you Mariposa.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

The Mariposa provides a unique opportunity to NH and neighboring communities in New England. Through its programs, exhibits and staff, it allows me to travel and open my eyes, mind and heart to the diversity of cultures that form my world. Equally important, it allows me to see the diversity that exists within my own community and region -- something of a surprise in rural NH. Over the years I've seen and benefited from the development of Mariposa programs and outreach as more and more diverse people get involved.

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Margaret I.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Well, I just hope that most folks find the Mariposa Museum earlier in their lives than I did. Having not left the confines of New England for the first half of my life this organization would have been a wonderful way for me to get a window into the world's cultures outside of my own rather sheltered one. What a valuable and noble work it is showing the way others live; we become better people, we live better by knowing the traditions, struggles, efforts, and triumphs of others.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of hearing about and visiting the Mariposa right from it's beginnings. I have been a constant traveler in Asia, particularly Nepal, India, Vietnam, and Thailand and have on several occasions been invited as a guest speaker at the Mariposa.
The depth of the displays, and the devotion of the staff to making cultural information and events available has been amazing to me. Following their dreams for Peace through cross cultural understanding and appreciation , the Administration has done an amazing job to so successfully bring a variety of cultures under one roof.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

More than a museum -- which in itself is an important achievement, especially in the Monadnock region -- Mariposa is also a rich source
of cultural and educational content . Their exhibits and events are rare opportunities to access information about diverse world cultures.

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