The Hawaii State Art Museum is a small contemporary art museum on the edge of downtown Honolulu. Admission is free, and it's a great companion to some great attractions in the area. The museum is open from 10am to 4pm, Tuesday through Saturday.
There are two galleries containing works of art related to Hawaii and its people, as well as a sculpture garden (opened in May 2012) and a children's area. The restaurant is the Grand Cafe, a notable eatery formerly on Pauahi street in Downtown Honolulu.
**Free. Leave a donation in the box, if you want.
**(Powerfully) Air conditioned. On a hot day, this is a great rest stop when exploring downtown.
**Three well-maintained restrooms. All of them are very clean, and one of them is nicer than my house.
**The restaurant. 'Iolani Palace doesn't have a restaurant, and this is a good option for a "double-play" with that attraction.
**Contemporary Art. If you like contemporary art, then this has a ton. A good complement to the nearby downtown art galleries.
**The children's area provides a hands-on environment for young children.
**Street Parking is metered, with limited nearby free parking on Saturday.
**Restaurant is closed on Saturday. Not many food options on Saturday in the area.
Best reasons to go:
**First Friday (of each month, 6pm). A family-friendly entertainment option on an otherwise rowdy night.
**Second Saturday (of each month, 11am). Additional hands-on (often "make-and-take") activities appropriate for children. A great time for families to visit.
**If you are traveling by bus. The museum is located at a very popular transfer point for many bus lines, and a quick stop in the museum can help pass the time until the next bus comes.
**Convenient to 'Iolani Palace, the capitol building, the Kamehameha statue, Chinatown, and the cruise ships.
**If it's raining...you need something to do.