The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Members Tour “Samurai: Caste and Culture”

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 – Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM


MFAH members are invited to explore samurai armor, newly acquired for the MFAH collections, on this tour that encourages guests to discuss the artwork together.

Samurai, in effect, ruled pre-modern Japan. This elite warrior caste developed a military code and culture that had a profound impact on Japanese art and society. Soldiers formalized as clans beginning in the 8th century, and the first shogunate was established in 1600. Samurai culture flourished for nearly 300 years, until restrictions on weapons were repealed, paving the way for the modern Japanese military and dissolving the samurai as a formal caste.

Samurai traditions, including armor and regalia, continue to symbolize the storied service of noble samurai clans. This tour also introduces aspects of Chinese warrior culture, with a look at the new installation in the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Arts of China GalleryAs Above, So Below: Han Dynasty Tomb Sculpture and Shrines, featuring loans from the Jane and Leopold Swergold Collection.

Space is limited, and spots fill up fast. Secure your reservation in advance at rsvp@mfah.org or 713.353.1550. Not a member? Join today!

► Plan ahead for your visit with parking information.


  • Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
    Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • General Admission

    • MFAH Members FREE
    • Adults $15
    • Seniors (65+ with ID) $10
    • Military (with ID) $10
    • College Students (19+ with ID) $7.50
    • Youth (13–18) $7.50
    • Children (12 & younger) FREE
    • Certain special exhibitions are ticketed, with an additional charge.
    On Thursday, general admission is free for everyone.

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Make visiting a snap! Visit mfah.org/parking for complete parking info, including a map you can download.

    Two Parking Garages        

    Parking Garage Hours

    Open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Parking Garage Fees

    • Parking payments may be made only with major credit cards, or with MasterCard and Visa debit cards.
    • The first 30 minutes are always free. On Thursday, parking is free for visitors who enter the Museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
    • For hourly rates, go to mfah.org/parking
    Recommendation for guests with limited mobility: Use the covered drop-off lane at the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building, or use wheelchair-accessible parking in the garage at 1144 Binz Street.

Special Offers / Dining

Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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