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“Charming but small”

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 26 November 2013

When I moved from Cleveland, Ohio to Honolulu and first went to this museum I kept looking around for more rooms! There's more Asian art in Cleveland! HMA is a small and intimate setting, but still a pleasurable change from Waikiki or Oahu shopping. You will be treated well at the cafe, but it is upscale, not for young kids. Same with the gift shop. Make a longer excursion here with a trip to Shangra La (check ahead for days and times), or double up with their newly acquired contemporary art museum. Both are in other neighborhoods, so you'll need to do your homework, but the views at both those locations are breathtaking. Be sure to admire the huge tree in the park across Beretania St. that faces the front entry.
Come at night for films or classical music at the Doris Duke theatre at the rear of the museum. It's a no frills setting, but brings in quality acts for a reasonable price.

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Reviewed 20 November 2013

Bus #2 took me from Waikiki to right in front of the museum. Admission fee was $10. A volunteer took me and another visitor to the modern art / Western section for an hour guided tour. He was very knowledgeable and passionate about the arts. There are so many pieces of arts to see from Western and Asian to Islamic and Hawaiian. The collections are very extensive. I spent over 4 hours there with half an hour lunch break. The courtyards are very nice too. To return to Waikiki by bus, walk one block to King Street (parallel to Beretania).

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Reviewed 19 November 2013

We enjoyed visiting the Honolulu Museum of Art. They have a great collection and the building itself is very nicely laid out with little alcoves, gardens, and a reflective pool. We also enjoyed talking to the docents. Although lunch at the Museum was pricey (but maybe not for Honolulu!), it was excellent. If you go, combine your visit with the museum's guided tour of Shangri-La.

Thank David_P_Denver
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

I love this place. It has a dedicated middle eastern art and artifact section kindly donated by Dorris Duke. Also has a theater. Once a month they throw a fabulous themed party called Art After Dark. Very festive, and a lot of fun.

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Reviewed 3 November 2013

I was drawn to the museum last week by the wonderful Ansel Adams and Georgia O'Keefe in Hawaii exhibit--but stayed beyond to wander among the extraordinary Hawaiian art and artifacts...I learned so much more than a regular tourist normally picks up--and it got me away fromt we hustle and bustle of Waikiki-which, though marvelous, is tourist central.

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