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
Request this tour: Fall 2014 | Spring 2015

​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.​ 


Journey back in time and discover ancient civilizations. Learn about architecture, sculpture, painting, ceramics, and mosaics of the Mediterranean, Middle East and Asia. Consider the importance of art in communicating the powers of rulers, stories of the gods, or ideas of the afterlife.

Students will receive this booklet to use on the tour and to take back to the classroom. 

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 Elizabeth (Beth) Doughty, Lending Collection Manager:, 808-532-8736. 

Hawai‘i Department of Education Benchmarks

Social Studies
SS.6.3.1 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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