Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection Now Open at BGFA

Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection Now Open at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art

Yokohagidō tōsei gusoku armor; Nanbokuchō period, 1336–1392 (helmet); Mid Edo period, 18th century (suite).© The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Dallas; Photo: Brad Flowers.

Featuring more than 50 objects that were used both for combat and ceremonial purposes, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art’s (BGFA) new exhibit, Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection, is now open through April 29, 2018.

The exhibit honors the culture, lifestyle and art of the samurai warrior through centuries of Japanese history. Intricate pieces such as lacquered metal helmets adorned with crests and delicate, detailed armor capable of protecting the samurai are on display.

The exquisitely crafted pieces represent the evolution of the samurai warrior’s appearance and equipment spanning 600 years from the 14th-19th centuries. During this time period, Japanese society recognized the advancement of the samurai as a great honor: from skilled archers to an elite class of warriors respected for their military skills, refinement and intellect. The exhibit and pieces inside convey the complete story of the samurai, a part of the intellectual Japanese elite who not only fought in battle, but also practiced poetry and calligraphy.

BGFA is open daily 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Last admissions are sold 30 minutes prior to closing. Guests may enjoy complimentary daily docent tours at 2 p.m., and private docent tours are available at an additional cost.

Tickets to BGFA are $18 for adults; $16 for Nevada residents, seniors 65 and older, and students, teachers and military with valid ID. Children 12 and younger are free. For groups of 10 or more, the gallery offers special pricing of $12 per person. For additional information, call (702) 693-7871 or (877) 957-9777, or visit


About Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art

Located at the heart of the elegant Bellagio Resort & Casino, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is Las Vegas’ premier exhibition space – where great art goes on vacation. Since opening in 1998, the gallery has presented exhibitions of artworks and objects drawn from internationally acclaimed museums and private collections, including I Am The Greatest: Muhammad Ali, Town and Country: From Degas to Picasso, Yousuf Karsh: Icons of the 20th Century, Picasso: Creatures and Creativity, Fabergé Revealed, Warhol Out West and Figuratively Speaking: A Survey of the Human Form.

About The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection

The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller collection is the most complete and largest of its type in the world, selectively amassed by Ann and Gabriel and their children over the past twenty-five years. Centuries of craftsmanship are represented in the collection with objects dating from the seventh to nineteenth centuries. The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection in Dallas, Texas was created in 2012 to permanently house their ever-expanding collection of samurai masterpieces. The Museum is in the district of HARWOOD at the historic St. Ann’s School where it is free and open to the public. Beyond the Museum, the dynamic and beautiful compilation of suits of armor, helmets, masks, horse armor, and weaponry are on display in a traveling exhibition as well as the lobbies of Harwood International developments around the world. Select pieces from the collection have been displayed at the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac in Paris; the Musée de la civilisation in Québec City; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Ore.; the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Centro Cultural La Moneda, Santiago, Chile; the Denver Art Museum, Denver; the Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix; and La Biennale Paris in Paris. For more information, please visit