Visitor Information

Exterior of the Hawai‘i State Art Museum building with "No. 1 Capitol District" across the top and 3 people along the walkway getting ready to enter the building.

The Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts invites you to visit 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, in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii. Admission is always free. HiSAM is a venue for the Art in Public Places Program of the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Most of the collection is on display in public buildings, including libraries, schools, and state offices. Artworks in the collection are primarily contemporary works by artists with a connection to Hawai‘i.


Accession invites you to engage with a selection of recent additions to the collection from across the state of Hawai‘i.  2nd floor, Diamond Head gallery. For more information: ACCESSION.

HAWAI‘I: Change & Continuity tells the story of the past examining the overlapping influences of nature’s bounty and human impact on a fragile environment. 2nd floor, ‘Ewa gallery. For more information: HAWAI‘I: Change & Continuity.

He Makana: The Gertrude Mary Joan Damon Haig Collection of Hawaiian Art, Painting and Prints is a distinguished collection of traditional Hawaiian crafts, paintings and prints presented to the state of Hawai‘i in honor of the life of Mary Joan Damon Haig. 2nd floor, Diamond Head gallery. For more information: He Makana.


First Fridays at HiSAM: on the first Friday of each month, the museum galleries are open late, with live entertainment. 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., admission is always free. First Fridays at HiSAM are casual and family-friendly.

Second Saturdays at HiSAM: on the second Saturday of each month, free hands-on art activities for all ages are hosted in the first floor Multipurpose Room. All materials are provided. 11:00 am – 3:00 p.m., or while supplies last.

Art Lunch: free “meet the artist” lecture series held on the last Tuesday of each month. Bring your own lunch (or buy one at Artizen cafe!) and feed your creativity! 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

I Love Art Gallery: during museum hours, the hands-on I Love Art Gallery (2nd floor, Diamond Head gallery) gives visitors of all ages a space to learn about art while having fun with building blocks, books, and more.

For more information about special events and activities, please see our event calendar or Facebook.


An overhead photograph of desserts by Artizen Restaurant: Center is a rectangular dessert with a piece of flat chocolate across the top and chocolate shaving on top of that. To the right is a round dessert with cut strawberries placed in concentric circles, much like a flower.

Artizen by MW
Café Hours:
Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Daily menu posted at
(808) 524-0499

Showcase Hawaii

Shop Hours:
Tuesday – Friday
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

There is no parking on site. Parking is available at nearby lots, including across Hotel street in the Ali’i Place building (enter at 1099 Alakea Street, cash only), across Richards Street at Iolani Palace, and metered street parking in the area.

Accessible Parking
Free accessible parking stalls are available in these location for persons with disabilities:

• Iolani Palace grounds (one stall near the Richards Street exit, one stall near the State Archives building, and one stall near the gate leading to the State Capitol)

• Ali‘i Place building parking structure (vehicle entrance at 1099 Alakea Street, pedestrian entrance/exit on South Hotel Street directly across from the Hawai‘i State Art Museum). 2 hour limit.

• State parking lots allow metered spaces in those lots to be used as accessible parking, with a 2 hour limit. Nearby state parking lots include the State Capitol (415 South Beretania Street and Punchbowl Street), and the Kalanimoku Building (corner of Beretania Street and 1151 Punchbowl Street). For a full list of state government parking lots and a map, please visit the Automotive Management Division webpage.

In order to use the spaces, vehicles must display the appropriate placard issued to individuals.

TheBus – many bus routes stop directly in front of or very close to the museum. For routes and schedules, call TheBus at (808) 848-5555 or check online at

The Waikiki Trolley – the Red Line State Capitol Stop is a short walk from HiSAM. For more information, call the Waikiki Trolley at (808) 591-2561, or check online at

Tuesday through Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Monday, and all state and federal holidays.

2017 Holidays & Closures
HiSAM is closed Sunday, Monday, and all state and federal holidays.
April 14, Friday, Good Friday
July 4, Tuesday, Independence Day
August 18, Friday, Statehood Day
November 10, Friday, Veterans Day
November 23, Thursday, Thanksgiving

Free guided group tours and docent-led school tours are available upon request. Please allow up to four weeks in advance when scheduling a group tour. More information available here: HiSAM Tours.

For individuals and small groups, free guided tours are available upon request (when docent volunteers are available). Check at the visitor’s desk in the second floor Sculpture Lobby, or call (808) 586-9958.

The Hawai‘i State Art Museum is the “People’s Museum” and belongs to everyone. Please respect those around you by allowing them to 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.

Wheelchair/Stroller Access – Richards Street gate entrance has a walkway leading to the side of the building facing Richards Street. As you come in to the main hallway, turn left to go to the lobby, or turn right to go to the Sculpture Garden. There are two elevators, one on each side of the lobby.


directional map for HSFCA


Smoking and Food – Smoking, including e-cigs, is prohibited throughout State buildings. No food or drink is allowed in the museum galleries.

Pets – No animals are permitted on state property with the exception of professionally trained service 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 (including personal social media accounts). Photography is not permitted in special exhibitions or areas designated as “No Photography.”

For press, professional, and other special photography, please contact the Art in Public Places Program. Photo and/or film permits for the building and grounds are available; please contact Visitor Services Manager Scott Young at for more information. For information concerning permissions or photography of works in the Foundation’s Art in Public Places Collection, please e-mail Collections Manager Wanda Anae-Onishi at /phone (808) 586-9952 or Registrar Ozzie Kotani at / phone (808) 586-9956. No photographs in the museum may be reproduced, distributed, or sold without permission.

The Hawai‘i State Art Museum is available for rentals for special events and parties. Anyone interested in renting the facilities may request a HiSAM Rental Information Packet which contains a Rental Handbook, Rental Request Form, and HiSAM brochure. For more information: Facilities Rental Program. The museum café, Artizen by MW, is also available for rental and/or catering. For more information, please contact Artizen by MW at (808) 524-0499 or use the contact form on their website: Artizen Private Dining Request.

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