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“Small but nice”

Hawaii State Art Museum
Ranked #79 of 322 things to do in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Mililani, Hawaii
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35 reviews
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“Small but nice”
Reviewed November 16, 2012

I really enjoyed this museum. I can't put my finger on any particular exhibits that really "made" the deal for me, it was the overall experience that I enjoyed. It was relaxing, and interesting, and a good atmosphere, and beautiful works of art.

Visited March 2012
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Renton, Washington
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“The place is bigger than it looks”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

This building or series of buildings is impressive since it looks much smaller from the outside. The exhibits are mainly contemporary and well curated. We saw one on tattoos and its role in Hawaiian culture and another on service people in Afghanistan and Iraq. I'm so glad we went. Great rainy day activity.

Visited September 2012
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Honolulu, hI
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“Hawaii's Art”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

This is a gem of a contemporary art museum as it concentrates on art made in Hawaii from the 1970's on, with a few exceptions. Hawaii was one of the very first states to devote tax monies to creating a public art collection and so preserved the history and culture through its acquisitions. You'll some some of Hawaii's best contemporary artists represented here. The galleries change often, so every trip, you need to stop by and check out what's on view. Great Saturday programs for kids with hands on activities. And it FREE! Located in the historic downtown area, across from the Capitol and Iolani Palace and a short walk to Mission Houses. The great cafe is being closed because of a rental issues...which is very sad...it made for a wonderful day and lunch stop. On First Fridays, check out the concerts on the lawn...an experience you won't want to miss.

Visited September 2012
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Forked River NJ
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“Nice FREE place to stroll through after the Iolani Palace”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

We walked through but did not have a lot of time. Unique art displays and very nice grounds. Across the street from the Capitol and the Palace.

Visited July 2012
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St. George, Utah
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“Wonderful Gallery”
Reviewed June 14, 2012

Nestled downtown this was a restful and beautiful stop for a day in the city.

Visited June 2012
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