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Hawaii State Art Museum

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Neighborhood: Downtown Honolulu
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Address: 250 S Hotel St, Second Floor, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813
Phone Number: 18085860900
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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 art event 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. All artwork on display has a connection to Hawaii (e.g. artist born in raised in Hawaii). Exhibition information is available on our website. Parking is available across the street in the Ali'i Place parking structure (entrance at 1099 Alakea St, cash only) or at Iolani Palace (metered parking, 25 cent coins only). Several TheBus lines stop in front of or close to the building. If you are taking a taxi cab, there is a small pull in area on Richards St. Wheelchair access from the Richards St. entry gate, on the Richards St. side of the building.

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Gorgeous Museum & Fab Lunch Spot by MW

A wonderful Hawaiian Artist collection with other famous artists of the world. Small and palatable. Located in town, metered or pay garage parking. Eat the yummy lunch!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Honolulu
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A wonderful Hawaiian Artist collection with other famous artists of the world. Small and palatable. Located in town, metered or pay garage parking. Eat the yummy lunch!

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Mamiko C, Public Information Officer at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this review

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Portola Valley
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In this museum is a collection of the public art by Hawaiian artists displayed over the years in the various Hawaii State Government buildings. It is interesting to see the many talented artist's work and the variety of mediums employed. The building is a former YMCA and is also quite interesting.

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Newcastle, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

Gorgeous old colonial building, really a gem, modest range of art, very interesting and hey man, it's free, just slow down and enjoy.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

My husband, 18 month old daughter and I visited here one Thursday afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed it. Located in downtown Honolulu the parking was somewhat tricky but the museum itself, which is free, was excellent. The sculpture garden is really nice and there is a kids section on the 1st floor. All in all a really nice place to spend... More 

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Makawao, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

This is probably an unknown, overlooked museum but it is in a beautiful building across from the Palace - the old YMCA building. The art is wonderful. Just saw the new kapa exhibit a well as other works from local artists. I canʻt believe this place is free. Itʻs always such a pleasant, easy experience. Nice cafe downstairs. Missed the... More 

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Mamiko C, Public Information Officer at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! The museum is open late for First Fridays - this month the First Friday event is the 5th Annual Evening of Jazz (July 1) with live music in the second floor courtyard. The galleries will be open and the Sculpture Garden lights will be on! More 

Davis, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

I was pleasantly surprised by this museum. It houses a rotating exhibit of state owned art work. Many of the paintings and sculptures are incedible. If you enjoy art this a must- see museum. There is also a nice cafe for lunch. Just take a bus from Waikiki into downtown.

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2016

Well worth a visit, a relatively small but varied collection of works or art. Almost as interesting as the pieces themselves are the names of the donors, who reflect a history of Hawaii.

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Freeport, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2016

Stumbled upon a flyer for an exhibit at the Hawaii State Art Museum, so I decided to check it out. I was pleasantly surprised. The exhibits were excellently curated. The grounds were interesting. The docents were very knowledgeable, and security officers respectful. Thoroughly enjoyed my visit. And it was free. Although I didn't try it, the cafe looked good too.

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Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2016

This museum is well worth the very short visit it takes to see all the exhibits. They don't have a lot, but what they do have is unique. You get the vision of current artists and sculptors. The rooms are tastefully laid out to isolate each item and show it at its best. There is a cafe on premises that... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016 via mobile

I love art museums. Every time I travel I visit several. I love taking the time to appreciate every piece. I came to the Hawaii State Art Museum with high hopes of seeing traditional Hawaiian art. I was disappointed to find mostly modern pieces that depicted aspects of Hawaii. I left the museum only a quarter of the way into... More 

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