Samurai: Armor from The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection

Samurai-Related Events & Programs

Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection is on view March 6–June 5 at the Denver Art Museum. Enhance your visit with exhibition-related learning opportunities and creative activities.

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Member Tours through June 3 — Reserve tickets for docent-led tours for members at 1 pm on Tuesdays–Fridays while the exhibition is on view.


1) Nooner Tours of samurai objects in our collection—not part of the Samurai exhibition, included in general admission (free for members):

  • Samurai Sword: Weapon or Art — March 15 and 17
  • Samurai: Arts of Peace — April 27 and 29

2) Curator’s Circle Lectures. Admission is free. Please make advance reservations.

3) Adult Audio Guide (included with admission to Samurai)

4) Samurai Shop — After exploring Samurai, take home a memento from the exhibition.

5) Untitled Final Fridays in April and May are inspired by Samurai.

  • Untitled: Show Down — April 29, 6–10 p.m. Suit up for a Samurai spectacular with a night of face-offs, heroic tales, and victorious orchestrations.
  • Untitled: Rising Sun — May 27, 6–10 p.m. Celebrate Japanese culture past and present in a creative extravaganza produced by Andrew Novick.


1) Family Audio Guide (included with admission to Samurai). Meet the trickster, Tengu, who has been cursed. Journey back in time to learn the way of the samurai and help him lift his curse!

2) Just for Fun CenterJapanNorth Building, Level 2 (included with general admission). Stop by the new Just for Fun Center for a peek into Japanese art and culture. In the Just for Fun Center Japan, compose your own Japanese-inspired garden on a large scale, use your creativity and patience to create balancing stone sculptures, make your mark and add to an ink-painted screen, design and wear a samurai-inspired helmet, experience the complicated process by which samurai dressed as you put on pieces of armor, and play Guess Who? with incredible objects from the Samurai exhibition.


1) Tactile Tables on the Art of Asia — April 8 and 9. For group reservations, email

2) Access Materials in the Samurai exhibition:

  • Spanish Label Copy Booklet
  • Large-Print Label Copy Booklet
  • Braille Label Copy Booklet

Image: Nimaitachidō tōsei gusoku (armor), Muromachi period, ca. 1400 (helmet bowl), mid Edo period, 18th century (armor). Iron, shakudō, lacing, silver, wood, gold, brocade, fur, bronze, brass, leather. © The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Dallas. Photo by Brad Flowers. Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection is organized by The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Dallas.

Carleen Brice is content manager in the marketing department at the Denver Art Museum. Carleen has been at the DAM since 2013. Her favorite painting in Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze is called Lean.

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