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“Lovely Museum, Watch out for Traffic Cops” 4 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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$60*
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Ranked #12 of 123 Attractions in Honolulu
Type: Art Museums, 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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“Lovely Museum, Watch out for Traffic Cops”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I spent a lovely couple of hours here with two kids. Lots of cool stuff to see--we especially enjoyed the East Asian pieces (lots of Buddhas, for instance). We also enjoyed having pineapple and passionfruit sodas in the courtyard.

If you are using GPS, the museum parking lot will not come up and you will be tempted to park on the street at one of the meters. Be VERY careful to read the signs. They are sort of misleading. Where I parked said 2 hour parking until 3:30 and also had a tow away zone sign. Some places in Honolulu this means if your meter runs out you'll be towed and sometimes after the time listed parking is free. We were a few minutes late and a cop was writing a ticket already. He said the sign meant towing after 3:30. That really was NOT clear from the sign at all. But, reading online, this is part of how the Honolulu PD makes money--they give out these meter tickets and then they themselves call tow trucks and wait for them to arrive. If you get towed (we did not) there is a $180 impound fee to pay in addition to the ticket.

Fine, whatever, the museum was cheap--$10 for adults and kids free. I think $60 for a good afternoon activity in Hawaii was still a deal. And, the museum was very pleasant. But, beware the parking!

Visited June 2014
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“Nice collection - great attitude to encouraging participation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

Happy to give this a really good review -we went on a day when Bank of Hawaii was subsidising a families for free day. Nice collection - super day encouraging families to get out together and see some culture - well done!

Visited May 2014
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“Nice find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Was pleasantly surprised at the collection, definitely worth a few hours of your time. I highly recommend it when you want some time away from the beach/pool/

Visited November 2013
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“Visual pleasures”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The moment you step inside busy city life disappears . The standing exhibits are good and do feature Hawaiian art. The design of the building gives you the feel of an older Hawaii, which it is. Nothing is crowded so you can enjoy each piece. The admission fee of 10$ is waived if you visit Shangri La first that day. This June, the entrance featured two full size wooden horses to welcome you. There is a convenient parking lot on Beretania St. Street parking is for two hours only.

Visited June 2014
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“Favorite place to visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The Honolulu Museum of Art is one of my favorite places to visit when I am in Honolulu. This time there was a wonderful exhibit of "Rag Art", showcasing Japanese garments and other fabric art made of rags, leading to American "rag" art, also known as quilts. The exhibit of art by Hawaiian artists was also a treat since that is not something we get to see too often on the mainland.

Visited June 2014
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