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Honolulu Museum of Art

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Address: 900 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814 (Formerly Honolulu Academy of Arts)
Phone Number: 808 532 8701
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Activities: Walking
Description: One of the world’s premier art museums presents international caliber...
One of the world’s premier art museums presents international caliber special exhibitions and features a collection that includes Hokusai, van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Picasso and Warhol, as well as traditional Asian and Hawaiian art. Located in two of Honolulu’s most beautiful buildings, visitors enjoy two cafés, gardens, and films and concerts at the theater. Other location: Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House
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This is one of the most cohesive and congruent collections. The architecture of the space is wonderful and the non traditional colours that the walls have been painted enhance the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

This is one of the most cohesive and congruent collections. The architecture of the space is wonderful and the non traditional colours that the walls have been painted enhance the art. All periods are represented. You can easily spend half a day here. The cafe on site is fantastic - worth having lunch here.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

very insightful museum and great Asian exhibits - love the building and the interior of the museum and the various artwork displayed!

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We spent a wonderful few hours at this lovely museum. We were fortunate to have a lovely guide who was informative as well as friendly and knowledgeable. Exhibits are well presented.

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Lesa G, Public Relations Manager at Honolulu Museum of Art, responded to this review

Thank you for making the museum a part of your visit to O‘ahu and sharing your kind words about your experience! It means a lot knowing the art treasures you have back home. More 

Montreal, Canada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Leave the beach and go local; take a 20 minute/$2.50 public bus ride from Waikiki and go contemplate the collections at this oasis of peace. Spend 2 hours in nicely appointed rooms (colorful and beautiful wood floors) and outdoors gardens. Quite a collection of impressionists paintings, Asian art and Islamic art. Would go back and spend more time and have... More 

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Lesa G, Public Relations Manager at Honolulu Museum of Art, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing your museum experience! We really appreciate you making the museum a part of your O‘ahu visit. We agree—people should take a break from the beach and "contemplate the collections at this oasis of peace." We couldn't have said it better ourselves. Aloha. More 

New Jersey
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

If you have some time and are really into art this museum is small, open air with a nice cafe and coffee bar. See the traveling Doris Duke exhibit of her home Shangri La located beyond Diamond Head which this museum runs the tour.

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Broomfield, Colorado
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The museum itself is AMAZING. Wonderful collection and architecture. Very disappointed with the docents. I have been to museums all over the world and expected the docents to be of the same caliber but this experience was frustrating with other docents talking while the key docent was trying to conduct learning. For the first time I did not go away... More 

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Lesa G, Public Relations Manager at Honolulu Museum of Art, responded to this review

Thank you so much for making the museum a part of your visit to O‘ahu, and sharing your kind words about our collection and architecture. We are sorry your docent experience was not up to expectations and your valuable feedback has been passed to our director of tour programs. Your constructive criticism will help us improve. More 

Apex, North Carolina
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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

We took a couple of hours to ck out the art museum. So glad we did. Beautiful works of art. Especially enjoyed the Doris Duke exhibit. The whole layout of the museum is like a work of art. Beautiful grounds and courtyards.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

There were some beautiful pieces there but I didn't get a great sense of hawaiian culture there. If you have a spare day and want to get the local number 2 bus than go for it but I wouldn't go too far out of your way.

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Berrien Springs, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

A beautiful and informative display of Hawaiian & Asian art, as well as special exhibits. The museum building, constructed in the early 1920's, is itself a work of art with tile roof and thick white walls. This is a great place to spend peaceful hours and even enjoy a lunch. Docents are helpful. There is a modest museum admission fee... More 

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Easton, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This was included with the Shangri La tickets. A nice benefit. Curated and laid out well. A lot of important artists are represented here. Need a break? Have a bite in the courtyard cafe - alfresco and delightful.

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