The World Through Art

Grades: 6-12
Tour length:
1.5 hours
900 S. Beretania Street
Tuesday – Friday
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.​


This fast-paced walking tour takes students around the world in 90 minutes, stopping at important highlights of our collection from all corners of the globe. With passports in hand, students receive an official stamp from each country they visit. They discover that by looking at art, we can understand different cultures, time periods and ideas.

The World Through Art is an excellent introductory tour of the museum and a fine addition to curriculum studies of world history, geography, fine arts, and language arts.

Artwork on this tour:

Emile-Antoine Bourdelle, French, 1861-1929. La Grande Penelope (detail), 1912 (cast 1956). Gift of Mrs. Richard A.Cooke by her children, 1965 (3334.1).
(Pictured above)

Male Figure. Egypt, c. 2350–2170 B.C. Saqqara, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6. Limestone with traces of polychrome. Purchase, 1930 (2896).


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

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

Fine Arts
Compare the characteristics of artwork from various historical periods and or cultures
FA.6-8.1.8 Analyze, using evidence, how cultural factors have affected works of art now and in the past
FA.9-12.1.6 Evaluate the function of artwork in different cultures, careers, and historical periods

9- Analyze common characteristics of works of art and artifacts across time periods and among cultural groups to identify influences

Social Studies
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.SOC.2.1 Describe the aspects of culture (e.g., artifacts, language, values, mores) that result in recognizable differences between societies

SS.AS.1.2 Explain the development of the classical cultures of Asian civilizations (e.g., Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Indonesian)

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