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“A wide and impressive 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 #12 of 160 Attractions in Honolulu
Type: Art Museums
Activities: Walking
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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 wide and impressive collection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

Don't miss the Honolulu Museum of art. Take the number 2 bus in front of Tony Roma's right around the corner from the icky Ramada Plaza. It's about a ten minute ride and very easy to get to.
The museum is huge with endless wings and an enormous collection of art and artifacts from around the world.

Visited November 2012
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Albany, California
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“A long-time favorite”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

Growing up in Honolulu and now returning to visit family, I always enjoy a visit to this museum. There are excellent special exhibits, such as the current tattoo exhibit and the previous Bhutan exhibit, which went on to San Francisco, where I saw it again at the Asian Art Museum. I thought the Honolulu presentation was much better than the one in San Francisco although I am a big fan of both museums.

The permanent exhibits are also worth seeing.

The gift shop has an impressive selection of local arts and crafts and jewelry, and the café is a pleasant place to have lunch. The food there is uniformly good.

A few years ago I took the tour to Shangri-La, Doris Duke's estate, which is has spectacular coastal views and Islamic décor and gardens. It's a tour worth taking!

Close to the holidays the museum has a gift sale with interesting and unusual things from around the world.

Visited December 2012
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Omaha, Nebraska
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“A gem in the ocean”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

The collections are excellent and the interpretations are informative. The building and courtyard designs by Goodhue win the prize. There is little of the usual hustle & bustle to deal with here. No often discussed in travel books. Goo off the beaten path and enjoy.

Visited November 2012
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Abbotsford, Canada
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“Great local art museum.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

Don't just plunk yer butt on the beach, Get out and see some great local art. Not pictures stuck on the wall. I saw the work of tattoo artists, great board shorts and displays from all over the Pacific region. Something for everyone.

Visited November 2012
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Lesa G, Public Relations Manager at Honolulu Museum of Art, responded to this review, December 4, 2012
Thanks so much for your review! We agree—Honolulu has a lot to offer beyond the beach and we're glad you discovered us and got to see "Tattoo Honolulu" and "Boardshorts: A Perfect Fit."
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“Something for Everyone”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

On a City Bus route in the downtown the HAA offers a change of pace from the usual Hawaiian beach holiday. Currently there are several one-of-a-kind exhibits regarding veterans, tattoos and the origin of surfing or board shorts. There is a cafe and an excellent gift shop. If you plan to visit the Capital District (Iolani Palace), CBD, Chinatown and/or the Aloha Tower/Waterfront areas be sure to include a visit to the HAA.

Visited November 2012
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