Mini Museum Walkthrough

For my activity I created an art history activity for a European or World history class. This would be for high school students, depending on what year they study European or World history. This activity focus on a general overview of art history though 5 historical art period.

The activity is framed as a museum walk-through, where the students get to pick with the order they explore each of the time periods. It uses the feature that brings students to a specific section based on the answer they chose. Each section includes pictures of art from that time period as well as informational videos to introduce the students to that historical art period. Then the students must answer some open-ended questions that encourage higher-order thinking.

Image by Chantal Hummel from Google Forms

Instructions Listed on the Google Form

This is a mini-museum walk-through activity. There are five sections, each containing art and architecture from a historic art period. Take a look at the artwork from each time period and watch the short videos (some are longer but you do not need to watch the whole video!) Then complete the open-ended questions. These questions are meant to be challenging. However, there is no one correct answer so don’t stress too much, just answer it to the best of your abilities using your observations and analysis skills. Its up to you which way you make your way through the museum! You may do them in any order and return to any section to change your answers, but make sure you answer every section before you turn it in!


The goal of this activity is to give the students a general knowledge of some of the historical art periods to contextualize the historical events they are learning about. This activity challenged students to use higher-order thinking skills to answer the open-ended questions. It is not a graded quiz, but it allows for students to take differentiated paths as if they are walking through a museum. Students can return to their previous answers or sections at any time to take another look at the artwork and change their answers.

To access this Google Form, click here.

Featured Image: Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash 

Images used in the Google Form:

Photo by Amy-Leigh Barnard on Unsplash 

Art Of Our Ancestors: 10 Most Amazing Cave Paintings In The World (article) (creative commons license)

Venus of Willendorf – (creative commons license)

Tomb of Nebamun and Ipuky – Metropolitan Museum of Art, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Abu Simbel – 10 Most Impressive Ancient Egyptian Temples (Creative commons License)

Elgin Marbles – Photograph © Andrew Dunn, 3 December 2005.Website:

Parthenon – Steve Swayne, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Gothic Remis Cathedral – MathKnight and the above mentioned users, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Cathedral of Barcelona – Mark.thurman92, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Cologne Cathedral – Image by Thanks for your Like • donations welcome from Pixabay

Barcelona Gothic Cathedral – Image by sosinda from Pixabay

Sistine Chapel Ceiling – Michelangelo, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Michelangelo’s Pieta – Michelangelo, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Christ Delivering the Keys of the Kingdom to Saint Peter by Pietro di Cristoforo Vannucci (1445?-1523), called Perugino.

5 Replies to “Mini Museum Walkthrough”

  1. This is AWESOME! The pictures you chose are so wonderful! I love the freedom students have to explore different eras and different art styles. I love the engagement it calls for with the short answer questions! So cool!!!

  2. Chantal,
    This is super creative! I would have loved to do something like this in school. It is super interactive and I love how the students have choice in what they are learning!

  3. I really enjoyed the self guided aspect of this lesson. Fun to explore following my interests. Excellent selection of image and videos. I liked that the questions were all derived from my reaction to the works. A great demo of differentiated Google Forms

  4. Wow, this is so cool! I really liked how interactive this form is and the images are super nice! I can tell you put your time and effort into this!

  5. This is so creative, I love it! It’s great how students can lead themselves through their own learning and explore what they are interested in. I would love to see this modeled with other things as well, such great idea!

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