|Hawaii Travel Guide|
The University of Hawaii Art Gallery presents a varied exhibition program which plays a significant role in providing information about the visual arts in both an historical and contemporary context. One of the finest temporary exhibition facilities in the nation, the gallery consists of approximately 4200 square feet of versatile space with an installation system of modular and movable walls that allows the utmost in flexibility of presentation.
The smaller Commons Gallery serves an important role as a weekly showcase for thesis exhibitions, the work of visiting artists, and on-going class work. Approximately 50,000 people annually view exhibitions in both galleries
Gallery hours are Monday - Friday, 10 - 4; Sunday, 12 - 4. Admission to both galleries is free.
Public programs of lectures, symposia, films, and docent tours have increased
the community outreach of the exhibitions. Organized tours for students
from public and private schools constitute another aspect of the gallery's
The Hawai`i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts invites you to visit
Hawai`i’s newest museum, the Hawai`i State Art Museum (HiSAM). HiSAM
is located on the 2nd floor of the No. 1 Capitol District Building, 250
South Hotel Street, Honolulu, Hawai`i, 96813. Admission is free at all
times. Hours of Operation - Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to
4 p.m. Closed Sunday, Monday, and all state and federal holidays. HiSAM
has three galleries -- the Diamond Head Gallery, the Ewa Gallery, and
the Sculpture Gallery. The inaugural exhibition is described in the next
section. HiSAM also has a 70-seat Museum multi-purpose and volunteer resource
room for orientation, education, special events, and public programs.
The Capital District Visitor Information Center to feature a café,
gift shop, and information kiosk are scheduled to open in February 2005
to enhance the visitor’s experience.
Please Kokua: Visitor Guidelines
The Hawai'i State Art Museum is the “People’s Museum” and belongs to everyone. Please respect those around you and let them enjoy their own museum experience. Please join us in preserving the artwork for future generations. Artwork can be damaged by even the slightest contact. Please refrain from touching the art. Backpacks, Large Bags/Items, and Umbrellas - For safety reasons, all items larger than 11 x 15 inches must be checked in and held at the security desk. Smoking and Food - Smoking is prohibited throughout State buildings. No food or drink is allowed in the museum galleries. Cellular Phones - Use of cellular phones and pagers is not permitted in the galleries. Pets - No animals are permitted in the museum with the exception of trained assistance animals. Photography - Flash photography is not permitted. Hand-held still and video photography in existing light is allowed in the galleries for private, noncommercial, or educational use. Photography is not permitted in special exhibitions or areas designated as “No photography.” For press and other special photography, please contact the Art in Public Places Program. No photographs taken in the Museum may be reproduced, distributed, or sold without permission.
Commercial parking garages and metered on-street parking lots are available within easy walking distance. Commercial Parking Garages - Ali‘i Place, directly across from the museum on south Hotel Street; entrance on Alakea Street up from King Street. Honolulu City Municipal Parking Garage (underground); entrances on Alapa‘i Street and Beretania Street. Marks Garage at Chaplin Lane between Bethel and Nu‘uanu streets; enter from Nu‘uanu Street. Chinatown Gateway (Bethel Street between King and Hotel streets). Kukui Plaza (Kukui Street between Fort and Nu‘uanu streets). Metered On-Street Parking Lots - Beretania Street between Alakea and Bishop streets. Kina'u Hale (State Department of Health) at Beretania and Punchbowl streets (enter from Punchbowl). State Capitol underground (enter from Miller Street). Kalanimoku Building underground at Punchbowl and Beretania streets (enter from either street).
TheBus – Many bus routes stop directly in front of the museum. For exact routes and schedules, call TheBus at 808-848-5555 or go to http://www.thebus.org/ for more information. The Waikiki Trolley – The Red Line State Capitol Stop is a short walk from HiSAM.
To reserve a docent-led school tour, please contact the Museum Educator at 808-586-9958. We require a minimum of four weeks’ notice before your scheduled tour. Self-guided tours are also available. For further information, please contact the Museum Educator at least two weeks in advance of your self-guided tour. HiSAM can hold a maximum of 40 students per visit. Groups of over 20 students will be split into smaller groups. Teachers are required to bring at least one chaperone for every 10 students, in addition to the teacher(s). Pre-visit Information Packets are available for teachers interested in bringing their students to HiSAM. To request a teacher packet, please contact Wanda at 808-586-9958 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be sure to review our museum rules with your classes before your visit. It is also helpful to review the rules upon your arrival to the museum. Please do not touch the artwork. No food or drinks are allowed in the galleries. Smoking is not allowed on the property. Cellular phones or pagers are to be turned off while in the galleries. No pets. Trained assistance animals are permitted in the museum. Flash photography is not permitted.
No running or playing in the galleries. Drawing is allowed, but do not
lean or write on the walls. No ink, please. Please make sure students
have pencils for activities in the museum. Restrooms are located in the
galleries, but we strongly encourage students to use restrooms prior to
their visit. There are no drinking fountains in the galleries. HiSAM is
not able to provide supplies (pens, pencils, or paper). Teachers are to
be responsible for these items. Students are asked to leave all backpacks
and large items on the school bus. Otherwise, all items must be checked
in at the security desk. For any other questions, please call 808-586-9958.