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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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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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Great place to visit and learn.

This is a must place to visit if you love Art. Learning more about the Hawaiian History and culture makes your visit to the Island more enjoyable.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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Greensboro, North Carolina

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This is a must place to visit if you love Art. Learning more about the Hawaiian History and culture makes your visit to the Island more enjoyable.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Hawai'i was one of the first states to devote 1% of its development to the arts. The State Museum is that effect, concentrating exclusively on Hawaiian Island art and sculpture. It is impressive but you'll find out everything on your own, as few visit (despite being adjacent to the State Capitol is a beautifully restored old hotel) and their leadership... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

We were planning on going to Chinatown and ended up here instead. This is a wonderful gallery which shows the mix of cultures and history of Hawaii. It includes textiles, wood turning and a sculpture garden as well as conventional paintings. The staff were friendly and helpful, a really neat place to visit.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I am a huge art fan, so I wanted to make sure to hit up HiSAM while on Oahu. Make sure to bring quarters if you drive there because most of the meters near the museum do not take credit cards. The great thing about this museum is that it is FREE and very kid-friendly. There are a number of... More 

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Oahu, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We attended First Friday's opening of Voyaging: The Art of Wayfinding. There are some gems in this exhibition! We also listened to music by the Boby Ingano Trio. A wonderful evening for free!!

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Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
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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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
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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White Rock, Canada
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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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