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“A surprising and sensitive collection” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Honolulu Museum of Art

Honolulu Museum of Art
900 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814 (Formerly Honolulu Academy of Arts)
808 532 8701
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Ranked #22 of 264 things to do in Honolulu
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Owner description: One of the world’s premier art museums presents international caliber special exhibitions and features a collection that includes Hokusai, van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Picasso and Warhol, as well as traditional Asian and Hawaiian art. Located in two of Honolulu’s most beautiful buildings, visitors enjoy two cafés, gardens, and films and concerts at the theater. Other location: Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House
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“A surprising and sensitive collection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

The Asian and Pacific collections are especially strong, as is the Pacific-Rim orientation of the European galleries. Many, many fine works here. The building itself is magnificent, organized around a series of open-air courtyards. Gift shop and restaurant available. The Shangri-La tour requires a separate reservation; check the Academy's website.

Visited January 2012
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“Urban Oasis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

Very lovely space. Nice small collection of art. Very well maintained. While we were there, they had a Paul Gauguin exhibit. Although they only had one oil on display, his woodblock prints were fascinating. Other galleries had an assortment of ukiyo-e and portraits which were equally interesting. A very pleasant afternoon well spent. The adjoining restaurant was wonderful too.

Visited February 2012
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“Neat Museum - Free on 3rd Sundays!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

The Honolulu Academy of Arts definitely punches above its weight in many ways. I was happy to see a diverse collection of art from around the world.

I was very happy to see they could borrow landscape paintings from the Palace Museum in Beijing - Even in Beijing you cannot see these pieces.

Visited December 2011
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“This is okay if you like art museums”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

This is quite a large art museum with various paintings, sculptures, and antiques and covers two floors. The admission price of $25 will also get you a tour of Doris Duke's Shangri La mansion. The place also has a restaurant. Just across the street from the building is a park and there were quite a few street people throughout the park on the day that we visited. The Occupy Wall Street or 99 percenters had several colorful tents and were holding up signs protesting policies of the federal government. I found this about as interesting as the museum.

Visited January 2012
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“More the building than the art”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

What an architectural surprise. The HAA (Honolulu Academy of Art) is in Honolulu proper, rather than ritzy Waikiki and the building is exquisite with colonnaded walkways, courtyards and water. Small but worthwhile collection across Europe, Pacific, Japan and a few others. Also the start of the tour to Doris Duke's amazing house - Shangri-la. Watch out for the cafe - closes 1.30pm in Dec.

Visited December 2011
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