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Hawaii State Art Museum

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Neighbourhood: Downtown Honolulu
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Address: 250 S Hotel St, Second Floor, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813-2831
Phone Number:
18085860300
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts invites you to visit...

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.

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Hiden treasure in the heart of downtown Honolulu

People pass by this building everyday, but most have know idea what is inside. There is Hawaiian art, modern art, historical art, and more. The best thing is it is free.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

People pass by this building everyday, but most have know idea what is inside. There is Hawaiian art, modern art, historical art, and more. The best thing is it is free.

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Burlington, Vermont, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located on second floor or a beautiful state building, this art find is a surprise. It is small. One side contains many paintings by state immigrants portraying Hawaiian scenes. Shoreline scenes seem to predominate by greatly please. Back section presently contains collection of contemporary Hawaiian art from an annual state-wide art contest. Other section is fully committed to modern and... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

We didn't plan to visit this place but arrived very early for our visit to the Iolani Palace so decided to spend an hour wandering around here and highly recommend it. Its an eclectic collection of Hawaiian themed art, modern art, a private collection and, while we were there, the display gallery had a student display which we thoroughly enjoyed.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Free! And so much to see while waiting to go through the royal palace. I was floored when I came across two rare strands of Kahelelani Shell leis and Mamo feather leis reserved for royalty only. Absolutely stunning and simple in their design.

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Saskatoon, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

With a high content of local art is is a lively gallery to take in while visiting downtown honolulu readily available by bus and close to the Iolani palace Admission by donation

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

We stopped in on a whim after a guard came out and asked if he could help us. When we learned the museum was free, there didn't seem much to loose! I was stunned at how much I enjoyed this small museum. The Haig collection is well worth seeing. I appreciated being able to see paintings by artists from the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

So in one day I did this and the "Honolulu art museum", where my hopes was biggest for this one but it turned out that the second one was the surprise of the day. This art museum has quite a limited exhibition and whilst it is worth a visit, it didn't really full fill my expectations, hence the lower score.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

When we visited in October this museum had an excellent exhibit on tapa/kapa cloth that is found throughout Polynesia. Additionally there's an outside pool area with sculptures. Note that the inside cafe and gift shop closes 1-2 hours before the museum does. However, the price is right (free), the shared building with goverment offices is stunning, and I'd go again... More 

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British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

this was one of the highlights of our sightseeing in honolulu. took the bus from waikiki, easy to do. free admission. art gallery on the second floor. to the right is art from their past. and on the left is a collection from artists now. wonderful examples of every medium imaginable. lovely lay out. as one of the artists says,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

A nice respite from the heat and some beautiful work here. The curators are interested in helping but tend to bellow when they talk to you which can be irritating to the peace of the place. The building is beautiful. The art is largely indigenous Hawaiian with the usual sea and beach scenes you would expect. I was a little... More 

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