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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

98 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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!

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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!

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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!

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

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.

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.

Review from Guidestar