Wander Premier Art Museums

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HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART (HOMA) maintains an extensive collection of Western and Asian art, boasts a movie theater that promotes independent and international films, and hosts a monthly evening event-Art After Dark-that mixes art with nightlife.

The museum’s Asian collection is one of the most important assemblages of its kind in an American museum. It includes the James A. Michener collection of 5,400 Japanese prints, Chinese jade, Japanese bronze and Korean celadon bowls.

Overall, the museum’s 30 galleries contain more than 50,000 works spanning 4,000 years, from ancient Egypt to contemporary United States. Set aside an afternoon to tour the museum, located at 900 S. Beretania St. in Honolulu. Gallery hours are: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Thursdays and Sundays; and 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays.

The museum hosts Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday on the third Sunday of each month. Call the museum at (808) 532-8700, or visit honolulumuseum.org for more information.

Another great option is HAWAI’I STATE ART MUSEUM (HISAM). Supported by Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, HiSAM houses four galleries and numerous collections celebrating local and global works. Called the “People’s Museum,” HiSAM boasts a multipurpose room for various special events. Group tours of the galleries are also available. Call the museum, or visit the website to discover what’s happening and what’s on view. Affixed on second floor of the Capitol District Building, admission is free, and the museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit hisam.hawaii.gov.