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“Wonderful Collection of Asian Art”

Honolulu Museum of Art
Ranked #28 of 341 things to do in Honolulu
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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
Reviewed May 12, 2012

We spent some time viewing the exhibits while waiting for our tour of Shangri La and were delighted with the Asian Art. The museum is well designed around a series of courtyards and the collection of Asian art is awesome. I was especially impressed with the art attributed to Buddhist practices in different Asian countries and the collection of gorgeous Japanese wood block prints.

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Reviewed May 10, 2012

A must see. And it's close to downtown. Easy to get to by car or bus. Entrance fee here also entitles you to see the Contemporary Art Museum.

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Reviewed May 6, 2012

If you happen to be in Honolulu, you should not miss the Honolulu Academy of Art, now the Honolulu Museum of Art. It houses a collection that spans several thousand years, starting from the Assyrians (in their Mediterranean Galleries). The highlight in my opinion is their Asian Collection (on permanent view), something the museum excels at. Not to miss is the Guanyin Bodhisattva (painted wood, on elevated platform)- that is a spiritual experience. They usually have a rotating exhibit on view- always high quality- make sure to ask about that. The museum cafe is one of the best in the city. My recommendation is the "Piadina"- a flat bread delight with arugula and prosciutto. Service is fast, polite and the food delicious. The pot de creme for dessert is a favorite. If you have time (must book in advance), you must see the Doris Duke former residence (now the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art) which houses the best Islamic Art Collection I have seen outside of the Middle East (and I have seen some of the best there). All in all, there is lots to do in Honolulu, but to leave without seeing the Museum would be a great loss. Enjoy!

1  Thank R B
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Reviewed May 1, 2012

Small. Doable in one morning. Wonderful collection for a remote place like Hawai'i. BTW, the name has changed to the Honolulu Museum of Arts.

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Reviewed April 14, 2012

We found ourselves here after taking a tour of Shangri La. As the cost of entry to the Academy of Arts was included with our Shangri La tickets we thought we may as well take a quick look. We were very impressed with the collections and ended up staying much longer than anticipated.

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