Lending Collection

The Lending Collection is a free resource for island educators. Teachers can select objects from this trove of more than 13,000 tangible, portable examples of art and material culture from around the world. From Hawaiian poi pounders to Russian dolls, the collection offers thousands of ways to enhance teachers’ classroom experience. Located in the Honolulu Museum of Art School at 1111 Victoria St., between Young and Beretania streets. The Lending Collection can also ship objects to educators on the neighbor islands.

Walk-ins welcome: 
Tuesdays 2-6pm
Wednesdays 11:30am-6pm
Saturdays 8am-5pm
Note: The Lending Collection will be closed Saturday, Dec 23, and Saturday, Dec 30.

Free parking is available for Lending Collection visitors upon request in advance.
Parking fee cannot be waived if you do not make your request in advance.

For appointments and advance free-parking requests:
Contact Dawn Sueoka at dsueoka@honolulumuseum.org, or 532-8736

Who may borrow:
• Public school teachers
• Private school teachers
• Pre-school teachers
• University instructors and professors
• Librarians
• Coordinators for non-profit organizations and other cultural/artistic community projects

Loan terms
Educators may select 12 artifacts or request a pre-packaged loan box to borrow for up to 2 weeks for in-classroom use.

Objects available
Architectural models, art reproductions, baskets, ceramics, ceremonial artifacts, clothing, currency, dolls, fiber arts, furniture, jewelry, masks, musical instruments, puppets, sculptures, textiles, tools, toys, transportation models, and more!

Cultures represented
Hawai‘i (Native), Africa, Alaska (Native), Australia, Bhutan, Burma, China, Denmark, Eastern Europe, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Micronesia, Middle East, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, North America (Native), Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Polynesia, Portugal, Samoa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet, United States, and more.