Visiting Shangri La
Shangri La is by tour only, all tours come with free admission to the Honolulu Museum of Art. We release tickets 2 months in advance.
Everyone is welcome to visit Shangri La, although children must be aged 8 or over.
About Shangri La
Shangri La is a museum for Islamic arts and cultures, offering guided tours, residencies for scholars and artists, and programs with the purpose of improving and understanding the Islamic world. Built in 1937 as the Honolulu home of American heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke (1912-1993), Shangri La was inspired by Duke’s extensive travels through North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia and reflects architectural traditions from India, Iran, Morocco and Syria.
For more information about Shangri La, please visit https://www.shangrilahawaii.org/
The Shangri La tour is a guided 90-minute walking tour that includes several staircases (total 53 steps) and uneven walking surfaces including stone paving and grass lawn. Tours feature the public rooms of the main house and portions of the grounds. The group tour begins at the Honolulu Museum of Art with a viewing of the Arts of the Islamic World gallery. Visitors then board a 25-passenger shuttle bus for a 15-20 minute drive to Shangri La. Tours last approximately two and a half hours (180 minutes), with one and a half hours (90 minutes) on site at Shangri La.
What to Expect
Visiting Shangri La is easy, you'll need to buy tickets in advance however as it's a popular event. We release tickets 2 months in advance
It’s important you buy these in advance as this event sells out fast. You can buy these online/at the museum
Arrive at HoMA
Your tour includes transport to Shangri La. We meet at the side of the museum. A map of the meeting point is available here.
Bus to Shangri La (15 mins)
Sit back, relax and enjoy the sights and watch our introduction to Doris Duke documentary on the way.
Tour (90 mins)
Visit the house, gardens and rooms of Doris Dukes home turned museum, led by one of our expert tour guides.
Bus Back to HoMA (15 mins)
Hop back on the bus to the meeting point and make use of your free general admission to the Honolulu Museum of Art.
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