The Holiday Tour

Grades: K-2
Tour length:
1.5 hours
900 S. Beretania Street
Tuesday – Friday, offered in December only
Times: 9 + 10:30am
Group Size: 60 maximum

For the 2017-2018 school year, sign-ups will begin July 1, 2017.

​Help your students prepare for the tour in two ways: Have an interactive discussion about museum etiquette. ​Practice looking at art. Click here for more information.​


For the festive holiday season, let your students enjoy the colorful Western Art and Arts of Hawaiʻi galleries. Students will create a golden angel to take home after they explore paintings of the Nativity from the Renaissance and discuss the source of the beautiful colors and the purpose of the elegant angels in these artworks. In the spirit of gift giving, students will guess and discover special presents for the people depicted in the Western Art portrait gallery. In the Arts of Hawaiʻi gallery, works of art will be matched to the lyrics of the song The Twelve Days of Christmas

Artwork on this tour:
Follower of Benozzo Gozzoli (Italian, 1420– 1497). Madonna and Child with Angels (detail), mid 15th century. Tempera and gilding on wood panel. Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1961 (2978.1). (Pictured above)

Master of 1518. The Adoration of the Magi, early 16th century. Oil on wood panel. Purchase, Acquisition Fund, funds given in memory of Mrs. Richard A. Cooke, Alyce Hoogs, Wilhelmina Tenney, and Douglas Damon, the bequest of Alyce Hoogs, and contributions by the Charles M. and Anna C. Cooke Trust, Mrs. Robert P. Griffing, Jr., Robert Allerton, and John Gregg Allerton, 1963 (3103.1).


Continue your museum experience back at school! Borrow artifacts related to your tour from the Lending Collection to use in the classroom. The Lending Collection is a free resource for island educators. Pre-packaged object trunks available for some tours, or hand pick objects from the collection for any tour. Contact Rusti Cripps,

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