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Hawaii State Art Museum

250 S Hotel St, Second Floor, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813-2831
+1 808-586-0300
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Currently half under renovation

Interesting and varied group of art and artists. Half of the museum is being renovated so we... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
j0ya0
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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Beautiful find....

I was looking for something to do after visiting Iolani Palace....and went in search of this... read more

Reviewed May 13, 2018
Mitsu114
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Open during renovation work! The Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts invites you to visit the Hawai'i State Art Museum (HiSAM). 2nd floor of the No. 1 Capitol District Building, 250 South Hotel Street, Honolulu, Hawai'i, 96813. Admission is free. Museum Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am to 4pm. Open late First Friday of each month, 6pm - 9pm (galleries close at 8:30pm). Closed Sunday, Monday, and all state and federal holidays. 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 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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250 S Hotel St, Second Floor, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813-2831
Downtown Honolulu
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting and varied group of art and artists. Half of the museum is being renovated so we couldn’t see it, which is unfortunate. Pleasant, friendly and helpful staff. Includes a gift shop and snack bar that has much more than snacks.

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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Reviewed May 13, 2018

I was looking for something to do after visiting Iolani Palace....and went in search of this museum....it was very hard to find, as the building was being renovated. I even asked a police officer walking by if he knew where it was....and he didn't. I...More

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2018

Hello Mitsu114, thank you for your visit and your review! The shop and cafe have been closed recently due to renovation activities for safety reasons and will re-open when it is safe to do so.

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Reviewed April 18, 2018

The first thing one notices about this museum is the architecture of the building. The 1928 building is a National Historic Property. The museum contains, however, contemporary, modern art by Hawaiian artists. In an open gallery, the art pieces are tastefully displayed with extensive descriptions...More

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 19, 2018

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Reviewed March 18, 2018

First, this is one of the few free things you'll find to do on Oahu so don't miss that opportunity. It is located in an interesting old building near several other cultural sites so if you get to that area you can do some other...More

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2018

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Reviewed January 22, 2018

This is a great museum focused on local (and Hawaiian) artists. The art is contemporary/modern, not historical. There are two wings/galleries which have different exhibitions. I was amazed by the art; as well as the diversity and depth of the collection. There's a nice gift...More

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2018

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Reviewed January 21, 2018 via mobile

This is a delightful museum in downtown Honolulu!! Art is all from local, Hawaiian artists and is very fine. I lived in Hawaii for five years and never got around to visiting. Now I plan on visiting every time I am on Oahu.

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2018

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Reviewed November 26, 2017 via mobile

Parking is either at the State garage next door to the courthouse or meters on the street. The permanent collection is stunning and a great variety of mediums and artists. Rotating special exhibits lend more. Great MW restaurant spinoff by Michelle in lobby for lunch-...More

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 28, 2017

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Reviewed October 17, 2017

We visited the museum on the last day of our Hawaiian holiday and for us it was a real highlight. The large gallery room had a brilliant collection of art made by people who had/have a connection to Hawaii. It was beautifully curated and included...More

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2017

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Reviewed October 2, 2017

We visited this museum at a time when several galleries, including the sculpture garden, were closed for repairs and renovations. However, the art that was on display was thought-provoking. You could feel the yearning in many of the pieces for a way of life that...More

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2017

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Reviewed September 22, 2017

Beautiful setting in the heart of the city, on a quiet parcel of land. It was a pleasant surprise how much I loved this museum. I was downtown seeing some of the other "famous" sites, and happened across the State Museum. Well worth a visit,...More

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 29, 2017

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Admission is free, as well as all of the events and programs run by the museum and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (the state agency which operates the museum). Regular programming includes First Friday... More
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