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Hawaii State Art Museum

Neighborhood: Downtown Honolulu
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Address: 250 S Hotel St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813
Phone Number: (808) 586-0900
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: The Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts invites you to visit...
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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If you have time after touring Iolani Palace, it's free and nearby.

The art collection in this museum includes several excellent pieces alongside lesser experimental/modern works. The overarching theme is Hawaiian culture and history. This might... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

The art collection in this museum includes several excellent pieces alongside lesser experimental/modern works. The overarching theme is Hawaiian culture and history. This might not be the case, but I got the impression that a fair number of the works were created by artists early in their careers, perhaps even as students. There is a small sculpture garden centered around... More 

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Honolulu
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

I am a great fan of the Honolulu Museum of Art, which is probably my favorite museum in the world. Lovely site, fascinating building, and examples of the best art from around the world. So the Hawaii State Art Museum, which is very small in comparison, was a great disappointment. I don't think most of the "art" will not be... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

A warm welcome at the door, a very good mix of Hawaiian art, and especially noteworthy is the ex YWCA ex swimming pool area. Superb copper art long the edge of the "pool" well worth a trip in itself. Sadly the cafe was not open on Saturday but there is a lovely little shop with very helpful service. There were... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Loved your old sculptures and paintings. Certainly no one I can think of spends such a fortune on art in Australia or New Zealand like that although there may be. Anyway, this is great and better than Australasias artworks because does not represent history. Love all of them! Would really like to see Doris Duke home though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Very pleasant greeting by staff who informed us there wasn't an admission charge. A nicely balanced display of art by native born and immigrant Hawaiians. There is a cafe on site and I would recommend making a reservation before going though the art museum. The Portugese soup is very good. Charming, pleasant wait staff.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The Hawaii State Art Museum is a compendium of some of Hawai'i's most accomplished artists, and a must see for locals and tourists alike. The museum itself, currently, has two wings and an outdoor sculpture garden and is housed in a restored territorial style building from the 1920's. Admission is free and combined with other museums and attractions nearby you... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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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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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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honolulu
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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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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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