The suit of armor at the end of the collection was owned by a 16th century commander, but the focus here is not just the impressive attire. The ensemble is surrounded by fascinating objects and relics that he and his family owned, and that take you deeper into understanding these warriors and their lives.
More of an animal lover? Horses were important to samurai warriors and this exhibit includes displays of the majestic armor worn by the steeds, as well.
“Visiting the exhibition of the Barbier-Mueller collection is a great way to learn about the history and culture of the samurai. By getting up close and personal with the collection’s armor and artifacts, you’ll be surprised by the outstanding creativity, craftsmanship, and intricate detail that went into perfecting every object," says Jessica Beasley, curator of The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection. "Visitors will definitely walk away with an elevated appreciation for these warriors, their craft, and their code.”