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Honolulu Museum of Art
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Ranked #31 of 336 things to do in Honolulu
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Owner description: One of the world’s premier art museums presents international caliber special exhibitions and features a collection that includes Hokusai, van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Picasso and Warhol, as well as traditional Asian and Hawaiian art. Located in two of Honolulu’s most beautiful buildings, visitors enjoy two cafés, gardens, and films and concerts at the theater. Other location: Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House
Reviewed 25 February 2013

Good quality art and skilled crafts. Not enough to satisfy. Some painting from early 1900's and then another room of very conteporary "art".

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"doris duke"
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"van gogh"
in 27 reviews
"shangri la tour"
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"temporary exhibits"
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"nice collection"
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"woodblock prints"
in 13 reviews
"asian collection"
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"gift shop"
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"on display"
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"beautiful building"
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"few hours"
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"free admission"
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"rainy day"
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"couple of hours"
in 15 reviews
"well worth the visit"
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"diamond head"
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Reviewed 22 February 2013

I enjoy the feel of the museum. I especially like the quaint Chinese Courtyard. The museum gift shop is smallish, but has some unique Hawaiian gift items. Hard to believe such a quiet little oasis exists between the hustle bustle of Waikiki and Downtown Honolulu.

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Reviewed 20 February 2013

Beautiful building with pretty courtyards; excellent general art collection. Exceptional Chinese, Korean and Japanese art collections. Outstanding cafe.
Contemporary museum modestly interesting but not worth the trip, altho in a pretty house.

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Reviewed 16 February 2013

I signed up for an early afternoon tour of Shangri-la and, due to family schedules, had to be dropped off at 10:00, when the museum opened. I had no idea if there would be enough to fill my time, but I was surprised to discover a jewel of a museum, beautifully run, with a marvelous collection. The galleries are arrayed around a series of lovely courtyards, so you are never more than a few steps from the Hawaiian sun. The art covers the full range of art history, with everything from Italian Renaissance madonnas to Picasso. There seems to be at least one piece by all the "greats", and not second-rate selections. The galleries are spacious and well-curated, with informative captions. Some of the collections are deep-dives, like the Indian art, and the special exhibits were fascinating. I had a delicious lunch in the charming restaurant, and the visit to Shangri-la was wonderful. It's one of the most breathtaking house museums I've ever visited.

The Honolulu Museum of Art and Shangri-la were highlights of my Hawaiian vacation. Don't miss it!

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Reviewed 10 February 2013

The museum has a respectable permanent collection, including van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet and Picasso. While not large, the setting is unique and really worth a visit. There are several courtyards in the original building interspersed among the galleries.

We visited on the first Wednesday of the month, which happened to be free admission. This includes the Contemporary Museum not far from this location.

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Lesa G, Honolulu Museum of Art at Honolulu Museum of Art, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2013

Thank you for sharing your experience at the Honolulu Museum of Art. You highlight all the things we think make the museum special. Spot on! Mahalo nui for visiting.

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