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“A must-see for art lovers”

Honolulu Museum of Art
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$25.00*
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Waikiki Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Honolulu
Ranked #31 of 340 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 August 26, 2012

If you are staying in Waikiki, this museum is just a short bus ride away, with the stop right at the front door. For $10 you will be treated to the beautifully displayed world art, with an unforgetable selection of unique Asian artifacts. The building itself is a pure delight, with several charming courtyards, a great cafe, and an interesting store. In July 2012, we saw a fascinating exhibit on tattoo, featuring its history, instruments used through the centuries, and a display of greater-than-life photographs of people whose skin is a piece of art. Sadly (and thankfully), not many people were there, so the visit was very relaxing and meditative... don't miss it!

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Reviewed August 24, 2012

The museum itself is nice with courtyards and a wonderful cafe for lunch. If you are fortunate to be in town towards the end of the month, the museum hosts a monthly event called Art After Dark. For $10 (or free with annual membership) you can view select exhibitions and artwork during this themed night with local food from nearby restaurants and bars throughout the grounds. It's an all ages event but can get crowded after 7pm with all the hipsters and club crowd. Live music and dance floors. A fun way to hang out with your friends before going out later. Event ends at 9pm.

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Reviewed August 21, 2012

Before my sister, husband and I went on a tour of Shangri La, a friendly, helpful docent directed us to the Hawaiian art gallery. We were allowed to take pictures, without flash, of the art work. I particularly liked the realistic volcanic eruption paintings.

The European section is modeled after the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, although smaller, contains the works of great artists, such as Van Gogh and Monet. I wish we had more time to view more of the museum.

There is a short tour of Chinese courtyard, including elements of the philosopher’s garden, featuring symmetry reflecting balance in one’s life. There is a rock, shaped like a mountain, used by philosophers to tell moral tales of life’s journey and strategy. The pomegranate tree is symbolic of fertility and prosperity. The lotus stands for rebirth and purity, since this plant grows in the mud, is cleansed by the water and grows to the surface. In the marsh pond, hard stones are balanced by the softness of water. All of the energies are used to promote harmony and tranquility.

The expanded, 1920s, Mediterranean building housing the museum is a maze of interconnected corridors, shaded courtyards and gardens with flowers and statues. I felt like I was walking through a beautiful, historic, Italian villa. The indoor art is tucked away in corners and up stairways, so make sure and take the map, given at the front desk.

We are looking forward to returning to view the other permanent exhibits.

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Reviewed August 21, 2012

Unfortunately, the recently changed the name to Hawaii Museum of Art, but the art remains as fabulous as ever, and has even been enhanced by modern selections from their recent merger with the Contemporary Museum of Art. Don't miss the Buddhist Gallery and the Indian Gallery, and of course, the Chinese art. These are their strengths, but there are also outstanding Western masterpieces by Gauguin, Van Gogh, Matisse, Pisarro, Modigliani, Whistler and many others. A delightful gallery full of volcano paintings and Hawaiian art is also well worth a visit.

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Reviewed August 10, 2012

They have a great Asian art collection (the Indian, Islamic & Buddhist art areas were my favorite). And the temporary shows were quite awesome, they had a display on the art of tattoo.

The museum is located very close to downtown Honolulu right off of Beretania St. It is easy to access via the Honolulu Bus.

There is a very nice gift shop & cafe on site.

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