Knights in Armor showcases stunning examples of European arms and armor from the renowned collection of the Museo Stibbert in Florence, Italy. More than one hundred rare objects—including full suits of armor, mounted equestrian figures, helmets, swords, and other weaponry—tell the tale of the European knight from the Middle Ages and Renaissance through to the medieval revival of the nineteenth century. The exhibition explains the historical and functional contexts of arms and armor of this period while also highlighting the undeniable beauty and artistic appeal of these works.

Family Activities

We have several fun activities to help families enjoy the exhibition together!

In the galleries, follow a tour that leads you along the path to knighthood through the perspective of a young fictional knight named Marco.  

In the Frist’s interactive Martin ArtQuest Gallery, guests of all ages can design tournament shields, fashion horse armor, animate mythical creatures, build block castles, and more. 

Check out additional Knights in Armor family activities online, including a recommended reading list and downloadable activity sheets that will help you discover your own knight name and create an epic tale like a jester! 

Organized by Contemporanea Progetti in collaboration with the Museo Stibbert, Florence, Italy

Supported in part by

The Sandra Schatten

Supported in part by

The Anne and Joe Russell Family

Spanish translation sponsor

Additional funding provided by our Friends of Renaissance Art

Presented in part by

Exhibition gallery

Events and programs

Member Event
Sunday, July 3, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Member Morning: Knights in Armor

Thursday, July 7, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Frist at Home:
Knights in Armor

Educator Program
Saturday, July 16, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Educator Workshop:
Knights in Armor

Thursday, July 28, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Frist at Home:
Knights in Armor

Thursday, July 28, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Film: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) 

Saturday, August 6, 10:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Adult ARTlab: Metalworking 

Thursday, August 25, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Film: The Green Knight (2021)

Saturday, September 10, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Film: Man of La Mancha (1972) 

Friday, September 16, 10:45–11:45 a.m.

Making Memories: A Dementia Social Engagement Program

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