Art After Dark: Honolulu Museum of Art

Art After Dark: Honolulu Museum of Art

When the last Friday of the month rolls around, the art lovers and hip Hawaii socialites head out to the Honolulu Museum of Art for Art After Dark.   It is a place to see and be seen – and take in a little art and culture too.

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There are multiple courtyards in the Honolulu Museum of Art and they will be packed by the end of the evening.

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Drinking in a Museum

The first thing we heard from a friend who recommended Art After Dark was, “It’s an experience to get drunk in an art museum.”  I’m sure it is, if that’s your thing, but this event feels more like a swanky art opening than a drunken traipse through a museum.  There are several bars set up throughout the courtyards but the lines and cost should keep drunken partying down.

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Grab a drink and explore the gardens of the museum.

Themed Evenings

Each month has a different theme.  You can accessorize and dress to the theme, but keep it classy.  We attended when there was a French theme and saw many berets and were entertained by the French music ensemble, L’Escargot.  The singer was amazing and one of the musicians was playing the horn and the piano at the same time – pretty impressive!

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French musicians in the large courtyard. Notice the musician on the right with his impressive music skills
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The food was delicious! We had bread pudding and beef bourguignon

Planning Your Trip

Art After Dark is held on the last Friday of the month (Jan – Oct) from 6-9pm.  The museum can accommodate up to 2000 people but they will sell out. Plan on arriving on time as they will limit admission once they’ve filled up.   You can find free parking on Beretania and Kinau Street after 6 p.m.  There are also parking garages nearby and The Bus runs right by the museum.

You can pay an a fee to enter or get a museum membership and have entrance to all of the events. Bring money for drinks and food.  Check the museums website for updated fees.

We’ve added the Honolulu Museum of Art to our Oahu Off the Beaten Track trip.  You can copy the whole trip when planning your Oahu trip or just add activities or places that interest you.


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