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Hawaii State Art Museum

250 S Hotel St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813 (Downtown Honolulu)
(808) 586-0900
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Ranked #50 of 163 Attractions in Honolulu
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Owner description: The Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts invites you to visit the Hawai'i State Art Museum (HiSAM). HiSAM is located on the 2nd floor of the No. 1 Capitol District Building, 250 South Hotel Street, Honolulu, Hawai'i, 96813. Admission is free at all times. Museum Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. First Friday, the downtown gallery walk held on the first Friday of each month 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (galleries close at 8:30 p.m.) Closed Sunday, Monday, and all state and federal holidays. HiSAM has four galleries - the Diamond Head Gallery, the Ewa Gallery, the Sculpture Lobby, and the Sculpture Garden. Exhibition information is available here: Exhibitions/Collections.

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Melbourne, Australia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
25 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Separate to the must-see Honolulu Museum Of Art, the lesser-known Hawaii State Art Museum is located close to the Iolani Palace, Chinatown and other sites near downtown Honolulu. With a focus on local and Contemporary Art, this medium-sized collection features a wide variety of paintings and sculpture. The building is also notable for its role in Honolulu's history, once being... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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67 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Wonderful art museum dedicated to both local and international artists in relation to the Hawaiian islands. Located in a beautiful Spanish style building, admission is free and save time to check out the delicious food in the cafe downstairs. The peach bread pudding is delectable!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

can be found for free at the Hawaii State Art Museum. The museum is located nearby the State Capitol and Iolani Palace. Make a day of visiting all three. Great art can be found in all three places. There is an abundance of history and culture in this walkable downtown area. The Hawaii State Art Museum (HISAM) is located on... More

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Sydney, Australia
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921 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Its a little known fact that Hawaii was a pioneer amongst the states of America in legislating a portion of taxes levied on commercial building projects,be set aside for the purchase of artworks. I am indebted to the foresight of the founding fathers,for this remarkable feat has generated 12,000 ft of artworks dedicated to the ethnic diversity of Hawaii. Within... More

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Houston, Texas
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

By far the best art museum I have ever visited. Indoor and outdoor, the place is great (including their bathrooms, gorgeous and clean!) It is free which is ever better, but that doesn't matter because it is truly kept up and a great place to visit. Must see.

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

I loved this museum. There was no entrance fee and I was fortunate to appear to have the place to myself, I think I saw two other patrons the entire time I was there. I felt as if I had more of an appreciation of the Hawaiin locals after this visit.

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55 reviews 55 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

What a wonderful gem of a museum the Hawaii State Museum of Art is! I love Hawaii – her people, aina, history, and aloha spirit. It was a joy to experience all of those things as my husband and I ambled through the exhibits, immersing ourselves in the culture and ambiance so close to our hearts. The museum is located... More

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Queens, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Well worth a visit. Contemporay art of locals and people living in the islands. Free entrance, but check the opening times before going.

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Los Angeles
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22 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

If you're in the neighborhood, stop by this treasure that used to house the Army canteen for service men and women. There was a pool, that has been glassed over as a mural, and other treasures that are unique to this area. You can see local artists works, including a recent exhibit of the best teen art, chosen by the... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

The Hawaii State Art Museum is a small contemporary art museum on the edge of downtown Honolulu. Admission is free, and it's a great companion to some great attractions in the area. The museum is open from 10am to 4pm, Tuesday through Saturday. There are two galleries containing works of art related to Hawaii and its people, as well as... More

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Address: 250 S Hotel St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813
Phone Number: (808) 586-0900
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Honolulu>  > Downtown Honolulu

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