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Hawaii State Art Museum

250 S Hotel St, Second Floor, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813-2831
+1 808-586-0300
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Nice, Free place to cool off with GREAT Art!

Beautiful setting in the heart of the city, on a quiet parcel of land. It was a pleasant surprise... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
aussieswife9
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Greenwood, Indiana
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We enjoyed coming here as an escape from the heat in downtown Honolulu. This museum was part of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
DWbiker
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Grandville, MI
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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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250 S Hotel St, Second Floor, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813-2831
Downtown Honolulu
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+1 808-586-0300
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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

Thank aussieswife9
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank DWbiker
Reviewed 1 week ago 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

Thank Ken L
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Jane A
Reviewed 27 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

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

Thank you for your visit and your review!

Reviewed 12 April 2017

The art displays are impressive. There are multiple painters with mixed media presented on the second floor. Perhaps most impressive to us was the student pieces in their Key Competition. Items from painting to textiles to mixed media were really quite extraordinary in their presentation...More

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Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2017

Thank you for your visit and your review!

Reviewed 6 March 2017

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.

1  Thank Robert D
Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2017

Thank you for visiting and thank you for your review!

Reviewed 2 March 2017

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...More

2  Thank John H
Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2017

Thank you for visiting and thank you for your review!

Reviewed 19 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,...More

1  Thank Bad_Seed4
Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2017

Thank you for your review!

Reviewed 2 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.

2  Thank randomtravler2016
Mamiko C, Public Relations Manager at Hawaii State Art Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2017

Thank you for your review!

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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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