The Islamic World Through Art

Grades: 5-12
Tour length: 1.5 hours
Location: 900 S Beretania Street
Dates: Feb 12–July 26, 2015; Tuesdays–Fridays
Times: 9 + 10:30am
Group Size: 60 maximum
Fee: FREE  
Request this tour:  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.​ 


This tour helps students understand the Islamic World by closely examining European, Central Asian, and Asian art. Students will visit the Islamic, Indian, and Indonesian galleries and the special exhibition Doris Duke's Shangri-La: Architecture, Landscape and Islamic Art. The art includes religious and secular objects—used by Muslims, Christians, and Jews—that share a common style, and tell a long story of cultural exchange. Through play acting and seeing, students explore the Silk Road, discovering who traveled it and why, economically, they made this long and dangerous journey. Students look at the exotic and religious objects carried, and hear the great stories shared. On the tour students will see the museum's collection of Silk Road treasures such as exotic textiles, ceramics, jades, stone sculpture, and sacred cave paintings. They’ll see first hand how diverse Islamic art can be by looking at carpets, architectural details, furniture, and luxury personal objects.

Artwork on this tour:

​Pair of Doors (detail), Iran, early 20th century, Wood, pigments, varnish,metal hardware, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, 64,32,a-b​

​Fragments from a Mihrab, Iranm Kashan, Late 13th or early 14th century, Glazed stone paste, underglaze-painted, overglaze-painted luster, Wilhelmina Tenney, Memorial Collection, Gift of Renee Halbedi, 1960, (2611.1a-b)​