& World Culture Center
26 Main Street
Peterborough, NH 03458
Sept thru mid-June: Wed-Sun
Summer hours: Open daily
Celebrate World Cultures—Costumes to Wear, Instruments to Play, A World of Treasures at Your Fingertips!
The Mariposa is a hands-on museum of artifacts from around the world, located in the center of Peterborough in the historic Baptist Church building. We celebrate other cultures with regional exhibitions, performances and programs. Adults and families can enjoy the museum on their own hands-on and can tour the exhibits with visual and audio aides.
The first floor of the Mariposa Museum features an entrance gallery with small museum shop, the beginning of our interactive exhibit, and an adjoining resource library and workshop space. The second floor contains our main gallery, performance space and hands-on costume and puppet/marionette alcoves. The third floor loft contains our gallery and hands-on musical instrument collection.
Hopefully each visitor will find at least one artifact celebrating his/her heritage. For our regional exhibitions we also invite members of the community to share their stories or loan artifacts that bring added richness to our own offerings. Interactive exhibits, both rotating and permanent, showcase the creativity of people across cultures through folk arts, folk traditions, and story telling. Performance space encourages sharing cultural legacies such as folkdance, music and rhythm, oral tradition.
The Mariposa is fully handicap accessible.