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Spalding House
Honolulu Museum of Art

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Spalding House, Honolulu Museum of Art

The second location of the Honolulu Museum of Arts is located in Makiki Heights. Spalding house features galleries of art, a cafe, and sculpture filled gardens that provide outstanding views of Diamond Head and Honolulu. Spalding House was built in 1925 as a residence for Anna Rice Cooke at the same time as her former residence on Beretania Street was being converted to the Honolulu Museum of Art.

The Honolulu Museum of Art acquired the estate at the request of Alice Spalding, Cooke's daughter, in 1968. It was operated as an annex and used for the display of Japanese prints from 1970-1978. The Thurston family converted it to the Contemporary Museum in 1986, once the interior renovations were complete, opened to the public in October 1988. In 2011, The Contemporary Museum was combined with the Academy of Arts and became the Honolulu Museum of Arts and acquired Spalding House and its collections of art. Spalding House reassumed its name and currently displays rotating exhibitions of mostly contemporary art.