One of Hawaii?s top art museums is the Hawaii State Art Museum. It is housed at the second floor of the historic No. 1 Capitol District Building, which also houses the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. The latter operates the Hawaii State Art Museum. The No. 1 Capitol District Building opened in 1872 as a hotel, and then converted into a YMCA headquarters in 1917.
Admission to the museum is free and open to the public every day. The museum is divided into three galleries, which contain many of the museum?s several temporary exhibits. The museum?s permanent display is dedicated to Hawaiian art. The exhibit is comprised of 132 artworks by 105 artists, who embody Hawaii?s ethnic and cultural arts and traditions. Also displayed are works of art that showcase the state?s various artistic influences.