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August 19, 2011

Located in lush Makiki Heights at the historic Cooke-Spalding House, The Contemporary Museum, offers a stunning collection of contemporary art on a picturesque property. What's even better? The museum is free to all guests on the first Wednesday of the month.

TCM Exterior      Exterior 2


The only museum in the State of Hawaii dedicated to contemporary art (1940s forward), The Contemporary Museum is also committed to featuring works by Hawaii artists and art about Hawaii. On our visit, we saw Ernesto Pujols's "Walking Ground" exhibit and Darren Waterston's "Forest Eater" exhibition inspired by the artist's visit to Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island and interest in Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire, lightning and volcanoes.

 Darren Waterston      Darren Waterston 2


In addition to its diverse art collection, The Contemporary Museum is most well known for its sprawling sculpture and meditation gardens that feature sculptures and tropical plants. Throughout the grounds, street art lovers will also find colorful and lively murals by local graffiti artists.

Graffiti Art


Though we didn't stay for lunch on our visit to The Contemporary Museum, the museum's cafe offers delicious and light lunch options, including a picnic service for those who want to enjoy the spectacular views of Honolulu from the museum's grassy gardens.

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