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Hawaii State Art Museum

250 S Hotel St, Second Floor, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813
+1 808-586-0300
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Terrific museum focused on local artists & it's FREE

This is a great museum focused on local (and Hawaiian) artists. The art is contemporary/modern... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Nomar88
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San Francisco, California
Would have never guessed. . .

This is a delightful museum in downtown Honolulu!! Art is all from local, Hawaiian artists and is... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Carolyn K
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Open during renovation work! The Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts invites you to visit the Hawai'i State Art Museum (HiSAM). 2nd floor of the No. 1 Capitol District Building, 250 South Hotel Street, Honolulu, Hawai'i, 96813. Admission is free. Museum Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am to 4pm. Open late First Friday of each month, 6pm - 9pm (galleries close at 8:30pm). Closed Sunday, Monday, and all state and federal holidays. 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 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.
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250 S Hotel St, Second Floor, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813
Downtown Honolulu
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great museum focused on local (and Hawaiian) artists. The art is contemporary/modern, not historical. There are two wings/galleries which have different exhibitions. I was amazed by the art; as well as the diversity and depth of the collection. There's a nice gift...More

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a delightful museum in downtown Honolulu!! Art is all from local, Hawaiian artists and is very fine. I lived in Hawaii for five years and never got around to visiting. Now I plan on visiting every time I am on Oahu.

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

Parking is either at the State garage next door to the courthouse or meters on the street. The permanent collection is stunning and a great variety of mediums and artists. Rotating special exhibits lend more. Great MW restaurant spinoff by Michelle in lobby for lunch-...More

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2017

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Reviewed 17 October 2017

We visited the museum on the last day of our Hawaiian holiday and for us it was a real highlight. The large gallery room had a brilliant collection of art made by people who had/have a connection to Hawaii. It was beautifully curated and included...More

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

We visited this museum at a time when several galleries, including the sculpture garden, were closed for repairs and renovations. However, the art that was on display was thought-provoking. You could feel the yearning in many of the pieces for a way of life that...More

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

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Reviewed 23 September 2017

Beautiful setting in the heart of the city, on a quiet parcel of land. It was a pleasant surprise how much I loved this museum. I was downtown seeing some of the other "famous" sites, and happened across the State Museum. Well worth a visit,...More

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2017

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Reviewed 19 September 2017

We enjoyed coming here as an escape from the heat in downtown Honolulu. This museum was part of our self-guided walking tour. The architecture of the building itself is worth the visit. There are many fascinating paintings and sculptures if you have any interest in...More

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2017

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Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

An impressive collection of art and sculpture and from Hawaiian artists. Well presented collection with a good variety of art forms. Entrance was free. At the time of our visit only one gallery was open as museum is being renovated. Well worth a visit. Allow...More

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2017

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Reviewed 14 September 2017

We often forget this wonderful treasure that lies near the State Capitol. It's Ewa galleries are filled with the best of Hawaii's artists living and deceased. I went there with an artist friend from LA and was so pleased to enjoy the exhibition myself. The...More

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2017

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Reviewed 28 July 2017

This small museum (very small right now as two parts are closed) has high quality art by artists who live in Hawai'i or who have done work here. The State collection is huge so there are changing exhibits. The space is outstanding for displaying art,...More

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2017

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Pepoleon
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Response from Mamiko C | Property representative |
Admission is free, as well as all of the events and programs run by the museum and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (the state agency which operates the museum). Regular programming includes First Friday... More
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