Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit

Journeys In Education Inc

Claim This Nonprofit

More Info

Add to Favorites

Share this Nonprofit

Donate

Nonprofit Overview

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

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 4

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

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

A visit to the Mariposa Museum reveals a cross section of the world via an impressive array of thoughtfully collected and lovingly maintained artifacts from near and afar. Stimulates the heart and mind with something for every member of the family.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

The Maripose not only resorted an historic church which was about to be demolished but brought to the community a beuatifully crafted building. When entering I immediately feels a sense of calm. The displays and artifacts a tranport me and my grandchildren to distant lands. They visit each time they travel here from Seattle.

The Maripose offer many programs and entertainment to the public and schools at little or no cost. They reach out to all ages and bring their programs and artifacts to assited living homes in the community. All this done impeccably.

The most memorable events for me have been the visits by the Tibetan Monks who worked on their masterpieces at the museum and could be seen walking through the town.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

Mariposa brings to life and close to home arts and modern and ancient culture of the world. It is like a window to people's soul and a glimpse to other people's world.

Once one enters the building, it is like stepping into a completely different world. It is welcoming and cozy. Arts and artifacts artistically blend together, the information are very educational and informative - it touches the enriching imagination of both young and old and the staff are very warm and knowledgeable.

The not so expensive (sometimes free) performances, concerts, exhibits, and lectures are inspiring and edifying to the soul. This is learning is all about - having real fun as well!

My husband and I have visited a number of museums, Mariposa has by far the most inexpensive yet very enriching way of educating the mind and enriching the soul.

Once out of the building, one has a better view and understanding of the different peoples and cultures. The seed has also been planted in ones heart and mind the hunger and desire to learn more, live better, and share the best.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

The Mariposa Museum is warm, inviting, colorful, and filled with interesting items from around the world. I am from Hancock and my husband is from Morocco. Before our wedding we took his family to Mariposa and David was able to give them a tour in French. They were thrilled! Mariposa is a wonderful example of how cultures and people can come together and learn from each other.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

The Mariposa Museum does a wonderful job of "transporting" visitors of all ages to places far beyond where it is located, to introduce cultures and countries around the world. The museum is tactile, colorful and wonderful. It serves schools around the region in a way that no other local nonprofit does...and it's easier to reach (and thus more afforable) than institutions in Boston or other cities. Of note is the museum's free offerings -- which are regular and plentiful -- that open exhibits, concerts, lectures and performances to all. The Mariposa certainly builds bridges, and creates opportunities for global understanding in a very special way.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 4

Our family loves this museum. Whether its for a family outing or structured program. We were so enthralled we became members our very first visit!

Review from Guidestar

James G.

Donor

Rating: 5

It's hard to describe the Mariposa Museum. It needs to be experienced.

Spend some time on the third floor playing the amazing array of percussion, string and wind instruments suitable for all ages. I like to drop in and improvise using the drums and metalophones or play my flute; sometimes a family with kids or a visitor from another country will come in and jam.

On the first floor, here's a structured children's craft room with frequent workshops, and a gift shop that sells a variety of fair-trade and exotic gifts and crafts to keep the museum going. The frequent performances by local musicians, artists, dancers and poets are not to be missed.

The Zen garden outside offers an opportunity to meditate or rake the stones, while dozens of hand-made peace flags the size and shape of Tibetan prayer flags flutter overhead.

The wooden parquet floor on the second floor, with its Tao design in the center has absorbed the ambiance of performances and presentations from every corner of the globe and radiates back those energies even when the room is unoccupied.

Before it was a museum, the building was a puppet opera theatre. Though the building and most of the props were destroyed by fire, one large camel puppet remains from those days to provide a sense of continuity, smiling at visitors who climb the stairs.

The permanent and rotating exhibitions are too diverse to describe. Again, one must visit this place to appreciate it.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5



Mariposa is one of the unique jewels making Peterborough a destination for tourists and for school field trips as well as helping the town be a vibrant community for residents.

The museum is not a large building, yet its impact is large, not just through beautiful collections selected from cultures around the world, but also from the many sponsored performances and workshops drawing upon talent from afar as well as from the Monadnock region.

As a donor and visitor, I've found that every dollar given is used effectively and imaginatively, with visible results.

One hope I have for Mariposa is that additional funds would allow it the resources to reach out at greater distance to other museums in New England where there is an overlap of interests, knowledge, artifacts and programs. This could be a win-win pathway to enhance critical mass, without growing an appropriately scaled institution beyond sustainable size.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

I was particularly impressed with how much the museum allowed visitors to see, touch, and play with artifacts and instruments from such a diverse selection of societies. I never dreamed that there were so many different ways to make sound and music. I have found the exhibits to be eye-and ear-openers!

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 4

The Mariposa Museum performs a unique double function in our community and for this region. It offers exhibits and performances to bring alive the many diverse cultures of our world for people of all ages in this region and visitors here. But the fact that they draw many of their cultural artifacts from people who live in this region and who have traveled to these exotic places helps us to realize what a cosmopolitan community we are in the midst of right here in the Monadnock region. I am stimulated and delighted by the programs I attend, but I am also appreciative of the other people I meet there. The museum doesn't just display cultures. It creates a broader and deeper one right here.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

Mariposa provides a window into a world many in the US would never normally see. IT provides a hands-on experience for children and adults alike to better understand that we are all brothers and sisters. They provide fixed exhibits and regular shows which exposes the region to many ideas and cultures thereby improving the region in a special way.

Review from Guidestar

NBGR

Donor

Rating: 5

The Mariposa is not only a place to see what things other parts of the world value, but to learn more about how they live. I attend every program that I can: the senior series, First Fridays and special talks or concerts. They often include the foods of the region, the costumes and customs, the music and stories. This enriches and widens the horizons of those living in a small but beautiful community.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 4

I have enjoyed the glimpses of far away foreign lands and cultures over the many years. The Mariposa helps us see beyond the surface of any culture by exposing us to life elements, what makes up the daily routine of residents at their home country? For example, last night's discussion about picking olives from the family olive trees in Greece. Very personal and cozy presentation that has the ability to transport you.

Review from Guidestar