The Art Scene in Harwood District

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Harwood District provides an escape to explore a unique twist to Dallas’ vibrant arts and culture scene.
Recently honored by the Dallas Historical Society for their works in revitalizing the neighborhood with picturesque buildings and culinary strongholds, Gabriel and Ann Barbier-Mueller carefully curated The Samurai Collection, the largest collection of Samurai art and armor in the world. The pieces can be found at both the Dallas location and with the traveling exhibition, with artifacts that appeal to both young and old museumgoers.


The Samurai Collection

The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection has been selectively amassed by Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller and their children over the past 25 years. The Museum is located at 2501 N. Harwood St. in Dallas’ Harwood District. It is housed on the second level of a Dallas landmark building that was once St. Ann’s School. Complimentary valet is located at 2550 Harry Hines Blvd.

Centuries of craftsmanship are represented in the collection, with objects dating from the seventh to nineteenth centuries. Samurai masterpieces, including suits of armor, helmets, masks, horse armor, and weaponry are on display in the Museum. In addition, a traveling exhibition of 140 of the Barbier-Mueller’s Japanese armor pieces has been touring the globe since 2011. The collection has been viewed by 1.4 million visitors worldwide.

The Samurai Collection is the permanent home for the Barbier-Mueller’s samurai collection and the display rotates throughout the year. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday with free admission.

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Traveling Exhibition

In 2011, more than 140 pieces from the collection of Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller were compiled to form a one-of-a-kind traveling exhibition that features full suits of samurai armor, helmets, masks, weapons, and horse tack. These incredible artifacts trace the evolution of the appearance and functionality that characterized Japanese warriors on the battlefield.

The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection, located in the Harwood District of Dallas, is proud to be the permanent home for a collection that has been seen by more than 1.4 million visitors worldwide and continues to cultivate interest among art connoisseurs and design enthusiasts.