The Honolulu Museum of Art has been Hawai‘i’s premier institution since its opening in 1927. It is housed in a stunning revival mission style villa, which makes it a haven of beauty and peace amidst the chaos of Honolulu. A perfect place to relax, contemplate and get inspired.
The Museum’s rotating exhibitions are impressive and their permanent collections are equally so. In the ’90s, the Museum was the first place in America to showcase the famous Terracotta Army sculptures that depict the army of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. That said, its dynamism can be seen in their displays of everything from traditional Hawaiian art, Japanese and Korean pottery to Andy Warhol paintings. If you get a chance to have lunch at the Museum’s café, do so as it is delightful.
The Honolulu Museum of Art is also home to the Doris Duke Theatre (awesome film screenings) and ARTafterDARK (monthly party and nighttime art viewing). What’s more, it is the conservator of Doris Duke’s famous mansion, Shangri-La, which houses the some of the world’s most breathtaking Middle Eastern art, and has a contemporary art museum known as Spalding House.