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Hawaii State Art Museum, Honolulu
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The No. 1 Capitol District Building, on the site of the former Armed Services YMCA Building, now houses the Hawaii State Art Museum and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.HistoryWhile they were both in the cabinet, under King Kamehameha V, American politicians John Mott-Smith and Charles Coffin Harris convinced the legislature to fund a hotel. It first opened in 1872. The hotel was converted to a YMCA in 1917 and used by the military in World War I. In 1926 the termite-infested building was finally torn down, and a new one designed in Spanish mission style by Lincoln Rogers of the firm Emory & Webb.The new building was dedicated on March 16, 1928. The two-story U-shaped building includes a swimming pool in its courtyard. It is located at, 250 South Hotel Street, Honolulu, Hawaii. Across Richards Street is the Hawaii State Capitol building. The area was added to the National Register of Historic Places listings in Oahu as the Hawaii Capital Historic District on December 1, 1978.MuseumThe Hawaii State Art Museum is operated by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and is located on the second floor of the No. 1 Capitol District Building. Admission is free at all times.
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TripAdvisor
  • A nice respite from the heat and some beautiful work here. The curators are interested in helping but tend to bellow when they talk to you which can be irritating to the peace of the place. The buildi...  more »
  • While on a short business trip, I spotted this lovely museum on the fringes of downtown Honolulu near the government buildings. The welcoming white exterior and lovely grounds invited me in. The colle...  more »
  • Not sure why I have not made an effort to visit this fabulous museum more often as a local. It features beautiful works of many local artists, hosts art talks and DIY classes once a month. The courtya...  more »
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  • Worth checking out. There are some interesting pieces and they have a nice kids hands on space. Plus they do events and performance things. Honolulu needs a place like this.
  • Albeit smaller than many metropolitan art musems, there is no deny the turn-of-the-century ambiance to this public space. The place itself has a lot of history and had several uses before becoming a state museum. Although the main exhibits are more long-term than temporary, there are smaller niches within the 2nd floor wings that allow for temporary exhibits like the recent one I really wanted to see on kapa - "Ho'omau: The Perpetuation of Kapa." The is an interesting dining place inside on the first floor as well as a cultural and artsy gift shop. The museum offers monthly guest artist discussions/presentations that are open to the public and also hands-on workshops. GREAT for families! Every 2nd Saturday is family day where they have complimentary children's activities (games, workshops, arts and crafts, etc.) On the 2nd floor in the wing on the right (when facing the security desk) there is a cool kids play room with lots of tactile tinker/thinker toys and other creative pursuits available to kids like reading, building, drawing, etc. I lovw it!
  • Came to have a look at the Ho'omau kapa exhibition...... outstanding!
  • My niece had her wedding reception here and it was nice. The upstairs courtyard was perfect for a wedding reception. During the reception, they even had the gallery open so you can browse the art work.
  • I Learned a lot.