Honolulu Museum of Art


About Honolulu Museum of Art


The Honolulu Museum of Art, which recently changed its name from the Honolulu Academy of Arts, is the largest private presenter of visual arts in Hawaii. The museum opened in 1927, and since then has grown to include an internationally recognized collection of more than 50,000 works. The Museum has a monthly party dedicated to exploring art, ARTafterDARK runs from January through October from 6 to 9 pm.


As her husbands career began to prosper and their art collection grew Anna Rice Cooke began thinking about opening an art museum, and the Honolulu Museum of Arts was founded in 1927. In 2011 the Contemporary Museum gifted its assets and collections to the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and in 2012 the Contemporary Museum and Honolulu Academy of Art joined together to form the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Oahu
  • Amenities: Museum with parking lots, exhibits, a gift shop, and even a caf.
  • Insider Tip: The Honolulu Museum of Art is Googles local partner in Hawaii, and there are stations set up for visitors to make a Google Doodle that could be displayed in an exhibition at the museum.
  • Fun Fact: The Museums collection began as the private collection of the museums founders, the Cookes.
  • What to Expect: Lots of great exhibits and programs at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Their collection is extensive and includes over 50,000 works. There is a theatre, a gift shop, and a caf located inside the museum.