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Shell Educators' Preview

Free Admission for Teachers
During Shell Educators' Previews, educators may view special exhibitions at the Houston Museum of Natural Science free of charge! See below for details on upcoming events. 

You are invited to attend a Special Viewing of Samurai: The Way of the Warrior

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
4:00 to 7:00 p.m. 

The term “samurai” is one we readily associate with Japan. Roughly translated as “those who serve,” the term refers to armed supporters of wealthy landowners going back to the late 8th century AD. Over time, the samurai gained power and became warrior-administrators during a period known as the Age of the Samurai.

For almost seven centuries, from 1185 to 1868, samurai were closely involved in the government of Japan. Traditional Japanese art forms, such as tea ceremonies, rock gardens and flower arranging flourished. The arrival of Commodore Perry of the U.S. Navy in 1853, and the subsequent opening of Japan to the outside world, eventually overturned seven centuries of samurai rule.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is proud to host Samurai: The Way of the Warrior, an exhibit of exquisite objects related to these legendary warriors. Among these are full suits of armor, helmets, swords, sword-hilts, and saddles, as well as exquisite objects intended for personal use, such as lacquered writing boxes, incense trays and foldable chairs. The exhibition comes to the Houston Museum of Natural Science from one of the most important private Samurai collections outside Japan, known for the number and quality of its pieces.

Organized by Contemporanea Progetti SLR with the Museo Stibbert, Florence, Italy. Local support is provided by Kuraray.

Admission Price: 
Educators: Free
Guests: $4.00 

Registration begins November 10, 2014 thru December 5, 2014 

Click on the Shell Educator's Preview box to register. 

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Shell Educators' Preview

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