One of the world’s premier art museums, the Honolulu Museum of Art presents international-caliber special exhibitions and features a collection that includes Hokusai, van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Picasso and Warhol, as well as traditional Asian and Hawaiian art. Located in two of Honolulu’s most beautiful buildings, visitors enjoy two cafés, gardens, and films and concerts at the theater. In 2011, The Contemporary Museum gifted its assets and collection to the Honolulu Academy of Arts and in 2012, the combined museum changed its name to the Honolulu Museum of Art.
The permanent collection includes more than 20,000 works of Asian art, with galleries dedicated to Japan, China, Korea, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The collection is especially strong in Chinese and Japanese paintings, Korean ceramics, Buddhist and Shinto sculpture, South and Southeast Asian sculpture and decorative arts, and textiles from across Asia. The crown jewel of the Academy’s Asian art collection is the James A. Michener Collection of more than 10,000 Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints, the third largest collection of its kind in the United States.
The museum’s permanent collection also includes European and American paintings, sculptures, decorative arts and textiles, as well as more than 15,000 works on paper, comprising the largest concentration of works in the European and American collection ranging in date from the Renaissance to the present. Among the highlights are major Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early modernist paintings by Georges Braque, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and James McNeill Whistler. Significant works of art from the 20th century to the present include paintings and sculptures by Lee Bontecou, Alexander Calder, Leon Golub, Philip Guston, Yan Pei Ming, Isamu Noguchi, Nam June Paik, John Singer Sargent, David Smith, Masami Teraoka and Won Ju Lim.
Finally, the Honolulu Museum of Art traces the history of art in Hawai‘i, with a gallery dedicated to Hawaiian traditional arts, art by Hawaii artists, and art of Hawai‘i (including paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe).
The Honolulu Museum of Art is the only art museum in Hawai'i accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM).