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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

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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!!

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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!

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar