The samurai are universally recognized warriors. Tales of their heroics have fascinated people since the 12th century. Bushido (The Way of the Samurai) is the code of chivalry by which they lived, and encompasses not only mastery of the martial arts, but also the ideals of morality, bravery, compassion, respect, honor, glory, and loyalty. The sword was the soul of the samurai, and they lavished great attention on their weapons and armor, creating stunning works of lethal beauty.

This summer the Museum will host the renowned collection of samurai weapons and armor from the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture. Come join us as we explore the samurai warrior class who served Japan through periods of intense warfare, as well as periods of peace and cultural brilliance.

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Docent-led tours are available July 1 through September 20 for groups of 10 or more adults or students. For more information or to book a tour, please call 205.328.7628.

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History of Samurai


The Museum recently added 10 new stops to its smartguide in conjunction with the opening of Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor. The FREE Lethal Beauty smartguide feature complements any visit to the exhibition and allows visitors to explore artworks and themes in-depth. Click here to read more.

Admission: $10

Seniors, Adult Groups, Member Additional Tickets: $8
Students (through college, with a valid ID), Student Groups: $5
Kids 12 and under, Active Military, and BMA Members: FREE

Please note that ticket sales for the exhibition close at 4PM each day.

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