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Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu Hawaii

The Honolulu Museum of Art was founded in 1922 by Anne Rice Cooke, and opened on April 8, 1927. Formerly called the Honolulu Academy of Art, the museum is located at 900 Beretania Street between Ward Ave and Victoria Street. The size of its collection has grown to over 50,000 works of art. The museum is a designated national and state historical site. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, it was once called “the finest small museum in the United States.” by the the director of the National Gallery of Art, J. Brown Carter (1969-1992). The museum houses international caliber special exhibitions and collections by internationally renowned artists. The museum is housed in two of Honolulu's most impressive buildings and includes; two cafes, gardens, and films and concerts at the theater.

In 2011 the Contemporary Museum gifted its assets to the Academy of Arts, and in 2012 changed the name to Honolulu Museum of Art. The museum has a large collection of Asian art, especially Japanese and Chinese works. Some of the other collections include; Italian Renaissance, American and European, art of Africa, Oceania, the Americas, textiles, contemporary art, graphic collection of over 23,000 on paper, the Michener collection of ukiyo-e prints, and the Hawaiian Arts collection. The museum also has a collection of 3D works. The collections are housed in 32 galleries and 6 courtyards. The Honolulu Museum of Art is on 3.2 acres in downtown Honolulu and is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free to members and on special occasions and events, otherwise a small admission fee is charged. The museum also offers an optional audio guide that includes 40 selections from the galleries. Guided tours are also available several times a day. There are also Japanese speaking tours available and specialty tours for groups of ten or more.