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“A Lovely Surprise!”

Honolulu Museum of Art
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Ranked #19 of 322 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
Honeoye Falls, New York
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13 reviews
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“A Lovely Surprise!”
Reviewed December 13, 2013

Even tho we went to the Museum on a day that poured (!) rain we found it quite charming and didn't expect to see paintings by renown painter and masters. We were disappointed that the cafe was closed as we had planned to have lunch there.

Visited December 2013
1 Thank MegMBarber
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Nashville, Tennessee
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134 reviews
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“HMA, The kids loved it”
Reviewed December 6, 2013

We went with the school and son. The kids really enjoyed it and we thought it was worth the extra trip. If you have the time it is a good one to see.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank cdomsmom
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Sydney, Australia
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“Intelligent,well curated small museum”
Reviewed November 29, 2013

If you love an outdoor maze,what you will encounter here is an indoor version,replete with a warren of cloistered walkways,courtyards and quiet,low-ceilinged spaces.
This museum had its origins , as a cosequence iof a generous bequeathal by a Honolulu patron. She is spoken of in reverend terms,because she donated the large portion of her estate to the museum. I was impressed by the collection of ukiyo-e japanese prints donated by my one time favourite author, James Michner.. Its a small museum ,well curated, in not housing everything under the sun. take your time to savour the delightful paintings of local scenery and portraits.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank Eli B
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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“A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing”
Reviewed November 26, 2013

As others have said this Museum is easy to reach by No 2 bus from Kuhio and they run about every ten minutes. The fare is $2.50 and if you pay with cash the driver will give you a ticket which enables a free transfer/return within two hours. The stop to get off is Beretania/Ward and the Museum is directly opposite the stop. However be aware that the return bus is from S King Street which you reach by crossing the Park outside the Museum. The Museum itself really is a Wolf in Sheep's Clothing. The entrance is not particularly impressive but once inside the welcome and guidance by the Docents is tremendous. The galleries unravel one by one with excellent content. As a bonus when we were there a special Anselm Adams/Georgia O'Keefe exhibit was available without additional cost. The peace and general well being in the galleries and many courtyards is a welcome break from the outside heat. Recommended.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank bsandrs
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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“Charming but small”
Reviewed November 26, 2013

When I moved from Cleveland, Ohio to Honolulu and first went to this museum I kept looking around for more rooms! There's more Asian art in Cleveland! HMA is a small and intimate setting, but still a pleasurable change from Waikiki or Oahu shopping. You will be treated well at the cafe, but it is upscale, not for young kids. Same with the gift shop. Make a longer excursion here with a trip to Shangra La (check ahead for days and times), or double up with their newly acquired contemporary art museum. Both are in other neighborhoods, so you'll need to do your homework, but the views at both those locations are breathtaking. Be sure to admire the huge tree in the park across Beretania St. that faces the front entry.
Come at night for films or classical music at the Doris Duke theatre at the rear of the museum. It's a no frills setting, but brings in quality acts for a reasonable price.

Visited September 2013
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