Honolulu Museum of Art
It was once known as the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and it is located in the Hawaiian capital of Honolulu. After being founded by Anna Rice Cooke in 1922, this museum has grown to become the largest of its kind in the state. Since its formal inauguration on April 8, 1927, the museum has amassed one of the biggest single collections of Asian and Pan-Pacific art in the United States, with more than 50,000 pieces of art. Since its official opening, the museum has amassed more than 50,000 works of art.
The Honolulu Museum of Art was established in 2011 as a result of a collaboration between the Honolulu Academy of Arts and the Contemporary Museum. Both this museum and its sister property, Spalding House, are home to an art collection that stretches across continents as well as across ages and styles. In exchange for the price of one museum’s admission, you can visit the other within the same day for free. (However, keep in mind that they are only 2 miles apart.)
On its main campus, the Honolulu Museum of Art houses one of America’s top Asian art collections, which includes works by some of Europe’s greatest painters (including Picasso, Gauguin, and van Gogh, just to name a few). However, for an unforgettable experience, many visitors recommend seeing the Arts of Hawai’i collection, which includes works by Georgia O’Keeffe and indigenous feather capes, as well as other works by other artists from the Hawaiian Islands. Others recommend that you save your time for the permanent David Hockney installation at Spalding House.
The main site of the Honolulu Museum of Art is roughly a mile distant from Iolani Palace and Ala Moana Center, which are both located in the eastern end of the city center. Nearby parking lots and streets charge a fee, or you can take the Waikiki Trolley or bus numbers 1, 1L, 2, or 2L to get to the site. You may get to the Spalding House from the main campus by using the No. 13 bus or taking use of the museum’s free courtesy shuttle, which is provided every Tuesday. Visitor hours at the Honolulu Museum of Art are Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Spalding House is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Tickets for adults are $20; minors under the age of 17 are admitted free of charge. Tickets include admission to the Honolulu Museum of Art as well as Spalding House, as well as access to a cafe, a gift shop, and an art library. For additional information, please see the museum’s official website.