Hawaii State Art Museum
Hawaii State Art Museum
4.5
Art Museums • Government Buildings
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Contemporary art of Hawaii and free, family-friendly events! 2nd floor of the No. 1 Capitol District Building, 250 South Hotel Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96813. Admission is free. Museum Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am to 4pm. Open late First Friday of each month, 6pm - 9pm (galleries close at 8:30pm). Closed Sunday and all state and federal holidays. All artwork on display has a connection to Hawaii (e.g. artist born or raised in Hawaii). 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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Wikumj
Bromley, UK202 contributions
Couples
This is an interesting modern art museum featuring Hawaiian artists where the art focussed on the Hawaiian culture, geography and spirit. Some interesting political artwork and photographs highlighting Hawaii’s modern struggles, particularly against the USA. Staff are helpful and happy to answer questions about the art. It’s quite a small exhibit, we took around 45 mins to go round everything and we were taking our time. Skippable if you’re short of time but if you’re in the area worth dropping by (particularly as it is free). Very nearby to Iolani palace which is why we were in the area.
Written 8 August 2022
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Jenan A
Turlock, CA2 contributions
This is a great museum for a quick stop but it is rather small. The building is huge but most of it is still used as government offices. There are only 3 small galleries plus a small sculpture garden at present. When I went, the galleries were mainly about self determination of the Hawaiian people. It's very information if you enjoy learning about some history. Probably not the best place for young children. I was able to walk through the entire museum in approximately 35-40 minutes. No need to pay for the full two hours of street parking like I did.

Good stop if you want to find something to do while waiting for another destination to open.
Written 13 July 2022
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Isabelle L
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I was so impressed. I cannot believe we missed this on our previous trips to Hawaii. The tropical gardens surrounding it are stunning. I was surprised how many amazing artists were born in Hawaii or lived in Hawaii. Plenty of family friendly activities, so many photo opportunities, and a absolute must see. And there aren't even any admission fees!!!!
Written 27 May 2021
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Nomad527202
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We had been visiting Oahu for years but only in 2016 did we start going to this absolutely amazing museum! We were so impressed we became members so that our family could enjoy this wonderful place. The exhibits are so beautiful and many galleries change, bringing treasures from all over the world. The local artists exhibit is especially fantastic with many world famous artists who lived in the islands for years, mesmerised by our natural beauty. Several thought they would stay just weeks ended up living here for years creating some memorable works. This is a beautiful museum with a gorgeous sprawling structure surrounded by intimate tropical gardens and a lovely covered lanai serving lunch, dinner and wine and beer too! So nice to sit there in the garden while contemplating all the beauty. We came back 2 more times during our 10 day trip as its so big we couldn't see everything in one day.
We purchased several books and reproductions in the store the prices were her reasonable. We all made another trip from the Big Island in Oct just to attend the Halloween party which truly was the best party we had gone too in years!! Our whole family joined us and its a night we will always remember. We plan to rejoin as soon as their reopen after Covid. We miss this place!
Written 7 July 2020
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Sue K
Laguna Woods, CA593 contributions
Couples
Cannot believe we missed this on our previous trips to Oahu. All artists are tied to Hawaii by birth or residence. Wonderful display of island perspective art. Several standout pieces that will give your mind a work out. Included in the exhibit is a wing which displays up and coming young artists. Beautiful, quality gift store. Housed in a gorgeous historic building. Don't forget to view the outdoor sculpture garden. No admission fees!?
Written 10 February 2020
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Thank you for visiting and sharing a five-star review! The Hawaii State Art Museum is a part of a state government public arts program, increasing public access to the arts in Hawaii. The student art exhibit that you enjoyed is the from an annual regional competition; if you are in the US you may want to seek out the Scholastics Art and Writing Awards in your region.
Written 11 February 2020
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happy4travel
Northern California1,290 contributions
We totally enjoyed the atmosphere. Lots of interesting ideas, plenty of great activities for the locals. It’s a wonderful place to visit and shop. Off the beaten, track and delightful. We were thrilled to spend a few hours here. We would love to return soon!
Written 14 January 2020
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Thank you for sharing what you enjoyed about your visit!
Written 15 January 2020
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Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
Los Angeles, CA7,317 contributions
Solo
This small but excellent museum is located across from Iolani Palace, surrounded by leafy green trees and government offices. It's on the second floor of a vintage building. I visited both galleries: the new artists exhibit, and a wonderful retrospective on the Hawaiian influence on artists of all kinds. A colorful Madge Tennent painting of a dancing wahine is just one of the offerings to enjoy.

The humorous sculpture "Mr. Chicken Pants" can be viewed both in the gallery as well as well as in the courtyard outside.

Be sure to stop by the cafe and gift shop on the first floor. There are splendid rotating art exhibits on display there as well.

The price is right, too...free!
Written 29 November 2019
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Thank you for visiting and sharing a five-star review!
Written 2 December 2019
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gbot3000
Vancouver, Canada40 contributions
I ended up spending a few hours here viewing the two exhibits. The descriptions of the art are top-notch and make each piece more thought-provoking. Also, free admission!
Written 20 November 2019
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Thank you for visiting and sharing a five-star review!
Written 21 November 2019
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Sarah C
River Grove, IL53 contributions
I'm sure most people are not travelling to Hawaii for their art museums, but this museum was a great way to see some really interesting pieces of art by Hawaiian artists. There were a number of mediums on display and we spent about an hour and a half at the single level plus sculpture garden space. Make sure you check out the gift shop if you want to take home a one of a kind souvenir.
Written 7 November 2019
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Thank you for visiting and sharing a five-star review!
Written 14 November 2019
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Ruth S
Townsville, Australia22 contributions
Couples
What a great way to spend a few hours . We got picked up on curtesy bus right out our hotel and the art museum is fantastic, really good collection set out fantastically great mix of ancient , renaissance, impressionist and modern
We had a lovely lunch in great surroundings. The museum has lots of nice views and courtyards. Then we got on another free bus up the most glorious views to Spalding House which apart from spectacular views has a David Hocking display
Written 18 September 2019
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Sounds like you had a lovely visit at the Honolulu Museum of Art! You may also enjoy visiting the Hawaii State Art Museum, located about a mile away, near Iolani Palace.
Written 19 September 2019
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