Adventures written by the VAMONDE Team
If you love museums, Japanese culture, and free admission, The Samurai Collection in Dallas is the perfect learning experience while visiting North Central Texas. Outside of Japan, this collection of samurai objects is one of the largest and most complete in the world. It focuses on samurai armor and houses several distinctive suits of armor, helmets, masks, horse armors, and weaponry.
Check out this video to get a quick glimpse of the collection:
The Samurai Collection was initially created in 2012 to house the Japanese armor acquisitions of Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller. The Barbier-Mueller family had a tradition of collecting artifacts, which helped them nurture a passion for discovering pieces with artistic, sculptural quality and preserving the creative inspiration behind the pieces. With a continuously growing collection, the owners needed a space where they could set up their carefully amassed pieces.
Admission to The Samurai Collection is free for all visitors. You can take a self-guided tour of the collection using different routes established by the museum's curators. Every Saturday, the collection hosts a family day where parents can bring children age 4 and up for an interactive tour of the collection that every participant will enjoy. Each tour is followed by an art activity for families to work on together.
Directly below the collection, on the second level of the historic Saint Ann Building, Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar awaits museum-goers who enjoy New American dishes and drinks on the patio. With live music every Wednesday and Thursday, as well as a Sunday brunch, a meal at Saint Ann's is an enlivening and delicious addition to your museum trip.
Cover image by Michael Barera [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)].