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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 96813-2831
Phone Number: 18085860300
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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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awesome stop!

this was one of the highlights of our sightseeing in honolulu. took the bus from waikiki, easy to do. free admission. art gallery on the second floor. to the right is art from... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

this was one of the highlights of our sightseeing in honolulu. took the bus from waikiki, easy to do. free admission. art gallery on the second floor. to the right is art from their past. and on the left is a collection from artists now. wonderful examples of every medium imaginable. lovely lay out. as one of the artists says,... More 

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Auckland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

A nice respite from the heat and some beautiful work here. The curators are interested in helping but tend to bellow when they talk to you which can be irritating to the peace of the place. The building is beautiful. The art is largely indigenous Hawaiian with the usual sea and beach scenes you would expect. I was a little... More 

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St. Paul, MN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

While on a short business trip, I spotted this lovely museum on the fringes of downtown Honolulu near the government buildings. The welcoming white exterior and lovely grounds invited me in. The collections were simply beautiful. The art really showed the history of Hawaii, from early landscapes to modern paintings and other media. The price is right - free. But... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

Not sure why I have not made an effort to visit this fabulous museum more often as a local. It features beautiful works of many local artists, hosts art talks and DIY classes once a month. The courtyard sculpture garden is a welcome oasis in the middle of downtown. Do grab a fresh salad or try the hot menu items... More 

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Honolulu
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

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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Portola Valley
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

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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3 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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