The Art Scene in Harwood District

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 in Dallas’ district of Harwood at the historic St. Ann’s School.

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. The collection is accompanied by a traveling exhibition consisting of 140 objects that has been seen by over 1.3 million visitors worldwide since 2011.

The Samurai Collection is the permanent home in Dallas for the Barbier-Mueller’s collection and the objects are rotated through the Museum twice annually. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday and always free to the public. Click below for visitor hours and to find out more about the recurring events.


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 in 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 1.3 million visitors worldwide and continues to cultivate interest among art connoisseurs and design enthusiasts.