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“Brilliant colllection.”

Honolulu Museum of Art
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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
Hong Kong, China
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“Brilliant colllection.”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

Excellent permanent collection of art, especially from Southeast Asia, West Africa and South Asia. Was particularly knocked out by the Filipino collection. Temporary collections is of world standing. If your into Asian Art this is a must.

Visited May 2014
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Newport Beach, California
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“just okay; necessary stop to see Doris Duke Estate”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

You can see everything here in 20 minutes. The best part is the room with quite a few jaw-dropping Islamic pieces belonging to Doris Duke -- a taste of what awaits at her estate. There are pieces from Iran, Syria, and Turkey as well as from India in the small room where they show a video prior to visiting the Duke estate. Otherwise, the museum is ho-hum.

Visited May 2014
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“An often overlooked gem”
Reviewed 15 May 2014

There are no Leonardos here at the Academy, but no matter. While there are fine examples of Eastern and Western art at this little gem of a museum, the pleasure you feel in visiting it comes just as much from walking through its halls, courtyards and galleries as it does from standing in front of an beautiful work of art, of which there are many. This is one of the most serene, most elegantly styled, most relaxing places you could hope to find in the city of Honolulu and it would be a tragedy if you were to miss it were you in Honolulu for a few days.

The building itself is a low-slung, handsome structure, reminiscent of many of Honolulu's most architecturally pleasing buildings built in the 1920's and 1930's. Because of its size, the Academy itself is easily managed, and you could pretty much take your time and get through every exhibit within a couple of hours. For all the things to do and sights to see in Honolulu, this is easily one of the best, if for no other reason because it represents an oasis in in what can be a hectic holiday landscape.

The Academy is also the launching pad for small tours to Shangri-La, Doris Duke's stunning Diamond Head oceanfront home decorated in a style that you would never expect to see in Hawaii. The Academy has a charming cafe where you can have a nice lunch or cup of tea, and you'll find better things to take home and remind you of your visit to Hawaii in the museum shop than you would at just about any store in the islands. Seriously--if you find yourself in Honolulu for more than just 2-3 days, the Academy should be on your must-see list.

Visited November 2013
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San Francisco, California
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“nice collection”
Reviewed 15 May 2014

This is a wonderful collection in a beautiful building. If you are a member or another art museum check to see if they have guest benefits for admission.

Visited February 2014
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“Great exhibits”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

This was my first time visiting the Honolulu Museum of Art. The building is beautiful with several courtyards, and a café for lunch. The variety of exhibits is outstanding and comparable to most large urban art museums. There are travelling exhibits as well as permanent collections that include a wide variety of American, European, Hawaiian, Filipino, etc. Including sculpture, paintings, modern art, photographs,etc.

Including Monet, Picasso....you name it.

Visited May 2014
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