Journey to Japan From the Heart of Dallas {Video}

Sitting atop the Saint Ann Restaurant and Bar in the popular Harwood District is the largest and most complete collection of Samurai art, objects and armor in the world. And admission to The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum—the only museum outside of Japan dedicated to Samurai art—is free.

For the past 25 years, the Barbier-Mueller’s have carefully collected more than 1,000 pieces of Western art—from Samurai suits of armor, helmets and masks to horse armor and weaponry. What began as a private collection housed in their residences grew to be selected pieces on display in the lobbies of several high-rise buildings they own. Finally, the collection grew so large it merited its own museum.

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Gabriel Barbier-Mueller, founder and CEO of Harwood International, is from a long line of distinguished art collectors. Both his parents are collectors, and his mother is the daughter of one of the greatest collectors of French and tribal African art of the early 20th century.

And now, as Gabriel develops the most pedestrian friendly 18 blocks in the city of Dallas, he is curating a work of art that consists of eco-friendly high-rises, Japanese-inspired gardens, beautiful restaurants, people on foot and Samurai art.

“With our restaurants, garden, and museum, it’s so important to us to slow people down,” says Jessica Young, Head of Public Relations and Marketing for Harwood International. “We want to bring people in from their bustling, urban lives and give them a place to relax.”

The Samurai Collection is currently exhibiting “Warrior Crowns: Extraordinary Samurai Helmets.” It is on the second floor of the Saint Ann school building (above Saint Ann restaurant) at 2501 North Harwood Street in Dallas.

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