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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
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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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Amazing eclectic collection

Well worth a visit, a relatively small but varied collection of works or art. Almost as interesting as the pieces themselves are the names of the donors, who reflect a history of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
PhaicTan
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Brisbane, Australia

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well worth a visit, a relatively small but varied collection of works or art. Almost as interesting as the pieces themselves are the names of the donors, who reflect a history of Hawaii.

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Freeport, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stumbled upon a flyer for an exhibit at the Hawaii State Art Museum, so I decided to check it out. I was pleasantly surprised. The exhibits were excellently curated. The grounds were interesting. The docents were very knowledgeable, and security officers respectful. Thoroughly enjoyed my visit. And it was free. Although I didn't try it, the cafe looked good too.

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Thank ArtSmith85004
Salem, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is well worth the very short visit it takes to see all the exhibits. They don't have a lot, but what they do have is unique. You get the vision of current artists and sculptors. The rooms are tastefully laid out to isolate each item and show it at its best. There is a cafe on premises that... More 

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Thank pkrissel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love art museums. Every time I travel I visit several. I love taking the time to appreciate every piece. I came to the Hawaii State Art Museum with high hopes of seeing traditional Hawaiian art. I was disappointed to find mostly modern pieces that depicted aspects of Hawaii. I left the museum only a quarter of the way into... More 

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Thank Maddie U
Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

I accidentally stumbled across the Hawaii State Art Museum while looking for the Honolulu Museum of Art. (HiSAM) is located on the 2nd floor of the No. 1 Capitol District Building, at the corner of Richards and Hotel Street. This beautiful little museum is funded by The APP (Art in Public Places) Program. The program was created in 1967 with... More 

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Thank Larry C
Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

I did not think that l would have enjoyed this Museum, but how wrong was l, its a must see on your bucket list.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

so much history in one building, we learn so much about hawaii and the islands and the area. great for kids and parents alike. take a tour and you learn so much, very fun place.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

The art and sculptures are interesting. A nice museum and it is free. Some Saturdays, there are activities for kids. Do check them out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

I stumbled upon this gem while walking downtown after visiting Iolani Palace, the Cathedral and such. There was no admittance fee, but I dropped $ in the donation bucket on the way out. This is a lovely little museum with distinctively Island emphasis. Perusing the art gave me a deeper understanding of the islands, people and the lure that brought... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 via mobile

This museum is in the vicinity of the Capitol, Washington Palace, and Iolani Palace, so you can make a half day of these attractions. The museum is free, and it has a great representation of Hawaiian artists, both traditional and contemporary. The Voyaging exhibit currently being shown is fascinating. If you like art at all, this is a gem of... More 

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