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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

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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