A Walk Through the Honolulu Museum of Art Will Leave You Wanting More

By Olena Heu

Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Oahu.  Photo: Hawaii Tourism Japan (HTJ).

Honolulu has long been heralded as the mecca for culture and the arts in Hawaii. Just a few miles from the bustling business district and rolling surf of Waikiki, you’ll find Hawaii’s premier art museum, art school and a refreshed contemporary cafe.

Founded in 1927, the Honolulu Museum of Art was launched and created after a gift of 4,500 works were donated by Anna Rice Cooke. Both Cooke and her husband came from prominent missionary families, and her love of the arts laid the foundation for the museum today.

Photo: Honolulu Museum of Art.

Considered a dynamic hub of everything art-related on Oahu, the Honolulu Museum of Art’s permanent collection now showcases more than 50,000 internationally recognized objects and spans 5,000 years. Some might say it is a mini-Metropolitan Museum of Art with a Polynesian twist. They curate works from ancient times (Bronze Age) all the way to Hawaii’s best and brightest current contemporary artists.

The primary museum is located off of Beretania Street and is a beautiful oasis with complimentary WiFi, a relaxing cafe perfect for lunch and Sunday brunch, craft coffee bar, museum gift shop for keepsakes and shopping. The collections are always changing so even if you’ve been before you will likely see something new. The open-air cafe offers delicious cuisine utilizing fresh local ingredients. Guests are serenaded by a nearby waterfall feature and lush gardens presenting sculptures by Jun Kaneko.

Honolulu Museum of Art
900 S. Beretania Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
Open: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-4:30pm
Admission: $20 for adults
Hawaii Residents $10 with ID
Age 18 and under are free
Basic membership starts at $30
“Bank of Hawaii Family Sundays” – Every third Sunday of the month is free.
First Wednesday of every month is free.
Art After Dark – held on the last Friday of the month, free for members, $25 for non-members.
See also: Honolulu Museum of Art Events

Doris Duke Theatre

Doris Duke Theatre, Honolulu, Oahu. Photo: beautifulcataya.

On-site the 280-seat Doris Duke Theatre is the last authentic art house on the island. Over the years residents have watched houses from University to Kaimuki shutter their doors. The Doris Duke Theatre is known for its impressive collection of events, independent films, foreign films, documentaries, concerts, dance performances, programs and discussions based on controversial and current issues.

Doris Duke Theatre
Enter from Kinau Street
Film and Event Calendar is available at www.honolulumuseum.org
Tickets are available at the box office, both museum locations by phone (808) 532-6097 or in advance online.
Admission: $12 General Admission
$10 Museum Members
17 and under free

Spalding House

Spalding House, Maikiki Heights, Honolulu, Oahu. Photo: Napua Heen / Hawaii.com.

Located in Makiki Heights, Spalding House is the museum’s second location nestled amongst 3 1/2 acres of sprawling green grass, breathtaking gardens facing Diamond Head views and a permanent installation of David Hockney’s L’Enfant et les sortileges. Once known as The Contemporary Museum of Art, in 2011 the museum gifted its assets and collections to the Honolulu Museum of Art. Spalding House is also home to a delightful cafe and pop-up gift shop. A single admission gets you into both museums by the way.

Spalding House
2411 Makiki Heights Drive
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Open: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-4pm

Honolulu Museum of Art School

Honolulu Museum of Art School, Honolulu, Oahu. Photo: gohoward.

The mission of the museum is To bring together great art and people to create a more harmonious, adaptable and enjoyable society in Hawaii. With that the museum also hosts an impeccable art school for students from kindergarten through adulthood. Classes are scheduled during the spring, summer and fall and include something for everyone. As the largest private art school in the state, visitors can also tour the campus for free.

Honolulu Museum of Art School
1111 Victoria Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
Regularly open 10am-4pm, but may vary by exhibition.

You Are Welcomed Here

Photo: Honolulu Museum of Art.

It’s hoped guests will feel as though the properties are an extension of their home. Visitors are invited to come, relax, hang out and enjoy the indoor and outdoor experiences. A wonderful adventure for a rainy day or a day spent with family and friends… A walk through exploring the museum will leave you wanting more.

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