Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA) holds one of the largest single collections of Asian and Pan-Pacific art in the United States, along with works from America, Europe, Africa, and Oceania. The museum has more than 50,000 works of art, spanning 5,000 years of history and representing all of Hawaii’s cultures.HoMA collections include paintings, decorative and traditional arts, woodblocks, and textiles.
Located in downtown Honolulu near Blaisdell Center, HoMA is comprised of gallery spaces, a gift shop (in-person or online), Robert Allerton Art Library (in-person or online), art school (for youth and adults), open-air café + coffee bar (more information below), and the Doris Duke Theatre (more information below). In addition, HoMA manages tours for the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art (more information below).
Listed below is basic information about the Honolulu Museum of Art, including how to get discount admission. Scroll down for a list of recurring and special events at HoMA.
- Location: Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA), 900 South Beretania Street. Honolulu, HI 96814.
- Hours: Thursday-Sunday 10AM-6PM, with extended hours until 9PM on Friday and Saturday.
- Parking: paid lot behind HoMA School of art (enter on Beretania or Young St) and weekday evenings only or weekends in the Kina’u Street Lot at 1035 Kina’u St.
- General admission: $20. Kama‘āina: $10.
- Café + Coffee Bar: There is no museum admission charge to lunch at the café.
- Website: https://honolulumuseum.org/
How to get free admission or discount tickets to HoMA
- Membership. Museum membership beings at $50/annually and includes free HoMA admission for you and up to two guests, discounts in the gift shop and café, HoMA magazine and e-newsletter, and other benefits, including free admission to over 100 museums nationally and internationally through the ROAM Reciprocal Museum Program,
- Volunteer. HoMA has a wide range of volunteer opportunities to match your personal interests and time commitment. Youʻll get behind-the-scenes access to museum programming along with discounts at the HoMA Shop and the Café. More info: Volunteer Program | Honolulu Museum of Art
- Kama‘āina. Admission is free for Hawai‘i residents on Family Sundays (the third Sunday of each month), and 0n Lā Kūʻokoʻa (Hawaiʻi Independence Day) July 31, 2022.
HoMA Café + Coffee Bar
Enjoy island-style hospitality in the HoMA Café, offering a menu of casual, contemporary selections. There is no museum admission charge to visit the Café during lunch and brunch service. Walk-ins are welcome, Thursday-Sunday from 11am–2pm. The open-air Café is a designated ocean-friendly restaurant, committed to operating as sustainably as possible. The Coffee Bar is located outdoors in the museum’s Palm Courtyard, with a menu of coffee, tea, beer, wine, and grab-and-go items. More info: Cafe | Honolulu Museum of Art
Doris Duke Theatre
HoMA’s Doris Duke Theatre is Hawai‘i’s largest independent arthouse theatre. The theatre’s program cultivates transformative experiences in our community by addressing relevant issues of our time. The theatre screens independent, documentary, and international films, plus hosts lectures, performances, and concerts by local and visiting performers. Find the entrance to Doris Duke Theatre on Kīnaʻu Street, at the rear of HoMA.
Doris Duke Theatre reopens to in-person audiences October 2022
The Doris Duke Theatre officially reopens with a renewed focus on its mission to serve the diverse HoMA community—on-screen and onstage—with fresh arthouse cinema from around the world, live performances, and community spotlights. Here’s a selected list of events at the theatre:
- Carrying Culture 2022 Part Two: E Ola i ka Wai. Oct 7, 2022. Carrying Culture 2022 is a three-part series of events highlighting poets and poetry as carriers of culture. Each program is dedicated to uplifting and celebrating the life experience, wisdom, and leadership of our community through storytelling, spoken word, and community conversation. Part One is available online. Free admission; 50% admission to HoMA also available when reserving your seat.
- North Shore ghost story: “I Was a Simple Man” 2021 Sundance selection. October 8, 13, and 28, 2022. Directed by Christopher Makoto Yogi, Hawaiʻi. The film was a Sundance 2021 selection. The ghost story is set in the pastoral countryside of the north shore of O‘ahu, Hawai‘i. Revealed in four chapters, it tells the story of an elderly man facing the end of his life, visited by the ghosts of his past. Incorporating familial history and mythology, dream logic, and surrealism, I Was a Simple Man is a time-shifting, kaleidoscopic story of a fractured family facing the death of their patriarch that will take us from the high-rises of contemporary Honolulu to pre-WWII pastorals of O‘ahu and, finally, into the beyond. GA $15, discount for HoMA members.
- Free screening short film “Ka Hoʻi”. Oct 9, 2022. A Hawaiian war veteran grapples with the struggles of growing older, the nightmares of his past, and the even scarier thought of being forgotten as the world around him seems to leave him in the dust. This special community presentation is followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers.
- Rock Bottom Riser feature documentary in Honolulu. Oct 14, 27, 29, 2022. From the earliest voyagers who navigated by starlight, to present-day astronomers scanning the cosmos for habitable planets, explorers have long made Hawaiʻi the hub for their searching. Today—as lava continues to flow on the island—another crisis mounts as scientists plan to build the world’s largest telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaiʻi’s most sacred and revered mountain. In his dynamic feature debut, writer/director Fern Silva examines myriad encounters with an island world at sea. Drawing from subjects as seemingly disparate as the arrival of Christian missionaries and the controversial casting of Dwayne Johnson as King Kamehameha I, the film weaves a vital tapestry of post-colonialism and pop culture with cinematic brio and a wry wit. Rock Bottom Riser is an essential document and an exhilarating tour-de-force, a palimpsest that traverses geology, ethnography and astronomy. GA $15, discount for HoMA members.
Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art
Built in 1937 as the Honolulu home of Doris Duke (1912-1993), Shangri La was inspired by Duke’s extensive travels throughout North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. It is the only standalone museum of Islamic Art in the US. Over the course of 60 years, Duke assembled an impressive collection of nearly 4,500 artworks; the collection is particularly strong in ceramics, wood, glass, and textiles from 1600 to 1940 CE.
Through a partnership with the Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA), admission to the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art is by reservation only. Your ticket includes shuttle transportation to and from HoMA, along with same day admission to HoMA permanent exhibitions. Located near Lēʻahi (Diamond Head), individual access to Shangri La is not allowed. More info: Shangri La (shangrilahawaii.org) and Shangri La | Honolulu Museum of Art
Events at HoMA
Listed below are recurring and special events at HoMA.
Free tours Thursday-Sunday at HoMA
Thursday–Sunday, free docent-led tours are available with your admission to the museum. Choose from “Talk Story” at 11AM or “Highlights Tour” at 2pm. Registration required. More info: Tours | Honolulu Museum of Art
Friday-Saturday HoMA Nights
Every Friday and Saturday, HoMA remains open until 9pm with engaging ways to experience all the museum has to offer. Enjoy the museums galleries, live local music and entertainment, bar service with a selection of beverages and bites, interactive art experiences, and drop-in art making sessions. Activities are open to all, from keiki to kupuna, and free with admission. More info: HoMA Nights | Honolulu Museum of Art
Family Sunday at HoMA
On the third Sunday of every month, HoMA offers free museum admission for kama‘āina (residents). Spend a relaxing day with ‘ohana as you explore the galleries and outdoor courtyard, participate in creative activities for keiki of all ages, listen to books read aloud during Storytime, enjoy brunch service in the Café, or stop by the open-air Coffee Bar in Palm Courtyard for kid-friendly menu items to-go. Advance reservation required. More info: Family Sunday | Honolulu Museum of Art
Immersive floral installation “Awakening” includes flora from Oʻahu
An immersive floral installation by renowned British artist Rebecca Louise Law will be available for viewing for one year from September 17 – September 10, 2023. Awakening is a contemplative space, inviting visitors to move through a monumental assemblage of preserved flowers from around the world, toward a greater environmental consciousness and deeper awareness of nature’s vulnerability.
Community volunteers in Hawaiʻi helped to gather more than 20,000 pieces of flora from O‘ahu botanical gardens, parks, and beaches, strung together with more than one million pieces of natural material saved from Law’s past installations. The awe-inspiring, year-long exhibition transforms two of the museum’s second-floor galleries into a vast hanging garden.
Calendar of events at museums and other attractions
Listed below are events on our calendar at HoMA and other museums and attractions throughout Hawaiʻi.