The Great Outdoors

Grades: K-12
Tour length:
3 hours
900 S. Beretania Street
Tuesday – Friday
9am - 12pm
Group Size:
60 maximum
FREE, bus subsidy available for qualified groups
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Tour Description

In this hands-on tour, students will explore and compare Honolulu Museum of Art’s diverse collection of landscape paintings. From cities to countrysides, and from seascapes to volcanic vistas, students will discover how and why artists documented these scenes. Students will peer back in time and investigate the stories these landscapes tell about human land use and ecological impact. Following the tour, students will meet with art instructors to create a landscape of their own inspired by these works from Hawai’i, mainland America, and Europe.

Artwork on this tour:
Eiler Andreas Christoffer Jorgensen. View of Honolulu from Punchbowl (detail), 1875. Oil on canvas. Gift of Hester M., Richard C., and David E., Vanderburgh in memory of Richard M. Vanderburgh, 1981 (4954.1). (pictured above)

Thomas Moran, American (1837-1926). The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Wyoming, 1904. Oil on canvas. Gift of The Bank of Hawaii, 1970 (3701.1).

Camille Pissarro, French (1830-1903). Rouen, Saint-Sever, Morning, 1898. Oil on canvas. Gift of Anna Rice Cooke, 1934 (4110).

Borrow Art

Continue your museum experience back in the classroom with artifacts from the Lending Collection! Pre-packaged boxes of objects are available for some tours, or hand-pick objects from the collection for any tour. The Lending Collection is a free resource for Hawaii educators. Contact Dawn Sueoka at to visit the collection or to reserve a pre-packaged box.

Connecting to Standards

All of our school tours are aligned with Hawaii’s Common Core and State Standards. For your grade level’s specific standards, contact our Teacher Liaison, Justin Davies, at

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