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 Samurai culture flourished for nearly 300 years, until restrictions on weapons were repealed, paving the way for the modern Japanese military and dissolving the samurai as a formal caste.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 Gallery: As Above, So Below: Han Dynasty Tomb Sculpture and Shrines, featuring loans from the Jane and Leopold Swergold Collection.
HOURS & ADMISSION
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.
- 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.
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 HoursOpen 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
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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