All reservations for the February tours have been filled. Questions? Contact or 713.353.1550.

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 Samurai culture flourished for nearly 300 years, until restrictions on weapons were repealed, paving the way for the modern Japanese military and dissolving the samurai as a formal caste.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.

• Members Tours are free for MFAH members at all levels. Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. As space is limited, participation is for MFAH members only. Recommended for ages 12+

Spots fill up fast! Secure your reservation in advance at or 713.353.1550. Please provide: your name or member number, your phone number or email address, the tour date you are interested in, and the number of members in your party.

• Once your request has been received, the membership department will contact you to confirm whether there is still space available, and the status of your reservation. Meet in the lobby of the Beck Building.

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MFAH Learning and Interpretation and Education programs receive generous funding from:
Jerold B. Katz Foundation
Institute of Museum and Library Services
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Sharon G. Dies
Sterling-Turner Foundation
Houston Junior Woman’s Club
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Samuel H. Kress Foundation
The Brown Foundation, Inc.
Susan Vaughan Foundation
CFP Foundation
Joe Barnhart Foundation
Cockrell Family Fund
Ann and John Bookout
Tilman Fertitta Family
Mrs. Denise D. Monteleone
William A. and Madeline Smith Charitable Trust
Claire and Theodore Morse Foundation
The Junior League of Houston, Inc.
Learning Ninjas
Texas Commission on the Arts
Mr. and Mrs. Dan English III
Humanities Texas
Mrs. Nancy Glanville Jewell
Marilyn G. Lummis
Mary Lynn and Steve Marks
John L. Nau III
Strake Foundation
The Summerlee Foundation
Isla Carroll Turner Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wheeler
Christine and Jaime Yordan Foundation
International Fine Print Dealers Association
Polly and Murry Bowden
Nancy and James Gordon
Lubrizol Foundation
The Iris & Lloyd Webre Foundation
and additional generous donors

All Learning and Interpretation programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment funds provided by Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; Caroline Wiess Law; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ballard; Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Tate; the Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation; Virginia and Ira Jackson; the Favrot Fund; Neiman Marcus Youth Arts Education; gifts in memory of John Wynne; and gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.