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Hawaii State Art Museum

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Address: 250 S Hotel St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813
Phone Number: (808) 586-0900
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts invites you to...

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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Interesting art

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Sharon T
Singapore, Singapore

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Singapore, Singapore
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Sharon T
United States
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117 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Joya O
Montgomery, Alabama
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221 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
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 

Thank Lorowell
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

The museum is free and open to the public. Not a big museum, but it is very nice. There's a little cafe and a nice sculpture garden. Lots of local artists ate exhibited there.

1 Thank gregoryn918
Purcellville, Virginia, United States
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

This was a very nice art museum with hands on areas for children and adults. Loved the sculptures and the building itself

Thank Paula H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015 via mobile

This place is fantastic. The building itself, and the front courtyard and back sculpture garden, are stunning. We saw some terrific Hawaiian and Hawaii-related art, and an absolutely wonderful exhibit on wanderers. We (my husband, four year old daughter and I) loved the hands-on room, with loads of different building block type things. There is a city bus from central... More 

Thank zaza107
Bangkok, Thailand
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

A fantastic art museum. The share range and variety of paintings and associated art is amazing. This is one of the very few places I have been that you can see traditional Hawaiian art and also a Picasso. What was also great was the knowledge of the volunteers. The guided tour was free and the volunteer with the slightly ironic... More 

Thank MrW00ds
Greensboro, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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.

Thank Sharron B
Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 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 

1 Thank singabob
Tauranga, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank kiwitraveller025

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