Art of the Ancient World

Grades: 6-8
Tour length:
1.5 hours
Location: 900 S. Beretania Street
 Tuesday – Friday
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.​ 


On this tour students journey back in time to learn about the beliefs of ancient civilizations through the Museum’s collection of artifacts. Students will see architecture, sculpture, painting, ceramics, and mosaics of the Mediterranean, Middle East and Asia. Your class will consider the importance of art in communicating the powers of rulers, stories of the gods, or ideas of the afterlife and record their thinking in an interactive booklet.

Artwork on this tour:
Male Figure. Egypt, c. 2350–2170 B.C. Saqqara, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6. Limestone with traces of polychrome. Purchase, 1930 (2896). (Pictured above)

Female Figure. Cycladic, 2500–2400 B.C. Marble with traces of polychrome. Purchase, Frank C. Atherton Memorial Fund, 1976 (4386.1).


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 Dawn Sueoka at

Connecting to Standards

General Learner Outcomes

GLO #1: Self-directed Learner (The ability to be responsible for one's own learning)
GLO #2: Community Contributor (The understanding that it is essential for human beings to work together)
GLO #3: Complex Thinker (The ability to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving)
GLO #5: Effective Communicator (The ability to communicate effectively)

K-12.CCRA.R.7: Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words

Standard 3: History: Understand important historical events from ancient times through the Renaissance
Examine written and physical evidence from ancient societies in Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus River Valley, and the Yellow River Valley
SS.6.3.4 Describe the key figures and major beliefs of the major religious and philosophical traditions of ancient and classical times, including Judaism, Confucianism, Daoism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Greek philosophy, Christianity, and Islam
SS.6.3.6 Describe the trade networks, including the Silk Road and Saharan caravan trade; conflicts, including the Crusades and Mongol conquests; communications; and exchanges, including Chinese inventions and the bubonic plague, that linked the post-classical societies

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