The Hawaii State Art Museum can be found in the No. 1 Capitol District Building in Honolulu on the second floor. There is no charge for admission to the museum. The majority of the museum's collection is displayed in public building, such as schools, state offices, and libraries. Works of art included in the museum's collection are mostly contemporary works created by artists who have a connection to Hawaii.
Hawai'i: Change and Continuity exhibit showcases the history of Hawaii through an examination of the overlapping influences of human impact and the bounty of nature on a fragile environment. The exhibition explores how expressions through art define the character of Hawaii's changing environment and society, as well as how artists make a significant contribution towards explaining who the people of Hawaii are. This exhibit displays one hundred and thirty works of art by almost one hundred and thirty different artists.
During museum hours, visitors have the opportunity to learn about art as they have hands-on fun with books, building blocks, and more in the I Love Art Gallery. ACECESSION, an exhibit in the Hawaii State Art Museum sponsored by the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, encourages visitors to engage with an assortment of recent artwork added to its Art in Public Places Collection. The exhibition showcases thirty-three works of art by twenty-seven artists from throughout Hawaii.
The Sculpture Garden at the Hawaii State Art Museum is situated in what was once a recreational area that contained bleachers and a swimming pool on the building's ground floor. The space has now been converted to an urban oasis. The area still contains some elements that invoke memories of the once present pool, providing sites for reflection and pathways for discovery. Within the Sculpture Garden, the works of art, selected plants, and even the building merge together to create a multi-faceted environment in which visitors will find all of their senses delighted.
The Hawaii State Art Museum offers several events and activities for visitors every month. The galleries at the museum are open late on the first Friday of each month, with family-friendly live entertainment from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Admission is still free during the event. Free hands-on art activities are offered for visitors of all ages on the second Saturday of each month from 11:00am to 3:00pm, or until the supplies run out. Another event hosted by the museum is Art Lunch, a "meet the artist" lectures series that takes place each month on the last Tuesday. Guests can either bring their own lunch or buy one from the museum's café.
Free docent-led school tours and guided group tours of the Hawaii State Art Museum are available to guests upon request. School tours last thirty minutes for students in kindergarten and first grade, and forty-five minutes to an hour for second to twelfth grade. Teachers can also choose a self-guided tour with informational materials provided by the museum. Small group and individual guided tours are offered when docent volunteers are available.
250 South Hotel Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, Phone: 719-383-5010