As fans of contemporary art and quality museums, we decided to create to inform others about the Contemporary Museum of Honolulu. Though we love this museum, we are not the official website of TCMHI, and we are not officially affiliated with it in any way.

The Contemporary Museum of Honolulu had a number of unique features that set it apart from other museums in the State of Hawaii. First, it featured two locations – one at an important historical site, the Spalding House, and one in downtown Honolulu. The Spalding House location was an interesting feature in and of itself, providing visitors access not only to the best contemporary art that the state had to offer but also to a piece of Hawaiian history. On the other hand, the museum’s downtown location enabled residents of Honolulu to conveniently view art made by Hawaiians or in Hawaii.

Second, the Contemporary Museum of Honolulu was also intensely committed to educating the public. Its Cades Library was open to the public by appointment and provided limited hours for students. The museum also offered unique programs to teachers such as educational kits and training on implementing curriculum standards, and it had a mobile art exhibition to bring to schools. Additionally, the museum’s many public programs for both children and adults helped further art education throughout the Honolulu community.

Finally, the Contemporary Café also enhanced visitors’ experiences by providing a relaxed atmosphere where they could enjoy lunch, coffee, or dessert in the indoor gallery or outdoor garden. The smaller café gallery featured many lesser-known, local artists as well as pieces from students of the University of Hawaii. The Café even provided a picnic service that allowed visitors to enjoy a picnic on the great lawn or in the historical gardens surrounding Spalding House.

Though this wonderful museum lives on under the umbrella of the Honolulu Museum of Art, its time as the independent Museum of Contemporary Art in Honolulu was truly special. We hope you have enjoyed learning more about TCMHI!