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“Remarkable Art, Building and Cafe”

Honolulu Museum of Art
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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 October 26, 2013

We knew there was a Museum of Art in Honolulu, but did not read up on it, and never expected to be so amazed. This time, we arrived by city bus ( # 2 and #13 run from Waikiki), and the first thing we did was make reservations at the Cafe for lunch. Thanks to other reviewers who made us aware that this was necessary. That done, we toured the special exhibit of the works of Georgia O'Keefe and Ansel Adams, completed during their time in Hawaii. Beautiful exhibit and so self explanatory. AND..........to our surprise, all but one of the Ansel Adams photos were on loan from "our" University of Arizona here in Tucson. Funny, how at home we mostly look at his photography of National Parks and people, and in Honolulu, we could very much appreciate and enjoy his photos of the Hawaii of that time. This is a wonderful exhibit, not to be missed.

We still had some time before lunch, so we walked around the building grounds. Absolutely gorgeous ! The various galleries surround beautiful courtyards. There is like a "hush" there, as if one were walking inside a church. So serene, so calming, so pleasing.

The Pavilion Cafe has outdoor seating near gorgeous ceramic sculptures and a waterfall. Lovely setting for an oh so lovely lunch. I had ordered the grilled long eggplant dish, my husband the Anaheim peppers. When our meal arrived, we did not dare begin eating, as each dish was presented as a work of art. Hated to ruin such a beautiful and artistic presentation !

After lunch, we toured the other galleries, and found many unexpected treasures. Paintings by Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Gauguin plus many other masters have a home here. Also, lovely porcelain exhibit. (They call it "The China Wall".) Entrance is $10.00 for adults.

5  Thank NYU62
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

We visited the museum to see the Georgia O'Keefe/Ansel Adams Hawaii exhibit. We were not disappointed. Although a small number of items was on display, the presentation was lovely. The rest of the museum is interesting, as well, with an Islamic art section (due to the contributions of Doris Duke) and other art from Hawaii's newer artists. Recommended.

2  Thank GeorgeT47
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

The Ansel Adams and Georgia O'Keeffe exhibition was really enjoyable. The collection was focused on their time while in Hawaii. The other exhibits are a true delight

2  Thank John W
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

What a wonderful exhibition focussing on both artists( Georgia a painter & Ansel a photographer) time in the Hawaiian Islands.
Beautifully curated & well worth a visit.
This Museum always has an exhibition of interest to see every time I'm in Honolulu.
So easy to get The Bus No 2 which stops outside.
Grounds of the Museum are relaxing & reflective.
The Cafe serves great meals.
I'll return when next in Honolulu.

2  Thank Clio H
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

Went to see Adams photos and paintings of
Georgia O'Keeffe. There were not too many pictures and it was quite a distance from where we were staying.

Thank revjane
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