The World Through Art

Grades: 3-12
Tour length:
1.5 hours
900 S. Beretania Street
Tuesday – Friday
Times: 9 + 10:30am
Group Size:
60 maximum
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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 Rusti Cripps,

Hawaiʻi Department of Education Benchmarks

Fine Arts
FA.4.1.4   Explain how art reflects life, culture, attitudes, and beliefs of the artist
FA.5.1.5  Analyze works of art from selected historical periods
FA.6-8.1.7 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.6-8.1.9  Analyze, using evidence, why specific works of art were created 

Social Studies
SS.3.7.1  Use geographic representations (e.g., maps, globes, graphs, charts, models) to organize and analyze geographic information
SS.3.7.2  Compare the physical and human characteristics of different communities and regions
SS.3.7.3  Describe the physical and human characteristics that make different regions unique
SS.3.6.1   Explain that different cultures have unique values, beliefs, and practices
SS.3.6.2   Make informed judgments about cultures based on evidence from cultural artifacts
SS.3.6.3   Explain how cultural elements (e.g., language, art, music, stories, legends, and traditions) can change over time and explain possible reasons for that change
SS.4.6.1  Explain how language, traditional lore, music, dance, artifacts, traditional practices, beliefs, values, and behaviors are elements of culture and contribute to the preservation of culture
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 that linked the post-classical societies 

Language Arts
LA.4.6.2  Give short, informal presentations to inform or persuade
LA.4.6.3  Use visual structures and summarize key ideas when listening to oral messages in order to improve comprehension
LA.5.6.3 Recall oral messages by noting key ideas and relating them to the speaker's purpose
LA.6.6.3  Give short prepared oral presentations to inform and persuade
LA.6.6.2  Use language that facilitates open communication (e.g., phrasing comments in a positive way, using descriptive language to communicate a point)
LA.6.6.7  Use emphasis and repetition to highlight important points
LA.7.6.2  Give short prepared oral presentations incorporating information from research to inform and persuade
LA.8.6.2  Give oral presentations to inform, persuade, and/or entertain

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