Community update: COVID-19 health and safety
At this time, group tours are limited to 12 persons in accordance with state guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all visitors and staff.TIPS FOR VISITORS
Visiting Shangri La
Reservations are required to visit the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design. Through a partnership with the Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA), tours are offered Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, begin and end at HoMA, and include same day admission to HoMA. Each tour reservation is a 75-minute self-guided exploration of Shangri La with controlled access to the grounds. Admission to HoMA will be automatically added to your cart during check-out.
Visitors are required to follow all Health & Safety policies for the duration of their tour of Shangri La and visit to HoMA. Kama‘āina are welcome to book free tours every first Saturday of the month.
Tickets for the month of December will be released on November 1 at 10am HST.
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About Shangri La
Shangri La is a museum for learning about the global culture of Islamic art and design through innovative exhibitions, educational initiatives, public programs, and community partnerships.
Built in 1937 as the Honolulu home of Doris Duke (1912-1993), Shangri La was inspired by Duke’s extensive travels throughout North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, and reflects artistic and architectural traditions from these regions. Shangri La is the only standalone museum of Islamic Art in the US.
To learn more about Shangri La, please visit shangrilahawaii.org.
Designed and curated as a microcosm of the diverse artistic cultures of the Islamic world, Shangri La offers a unique and memorable experience of these revered traditions across indoor and outdoor spaces at the museum.
As the building retains its distinctive characteristics as a tropical residence, there are many staircases and the interiors are not climate controlled. Comfortable attire is recommended. No food or beverages may be brought on the tour bus to Shangri La, and no food or beverages are allowed inside the museum. Free refreshments will be provided at Shangri La in its outdoor spaces.
Photography is permitted in designated areas for private, noncommercial use but tripods, selfie sticks, large bags, and other large equipment are prohibited. More details about visitor guidelines and amenities can be found below in our Frequently Asked Questions section.
Shangri La is closed to the public the following dates in 2021:
Nov 25–27, Dec 23–25, and Dec 30–Jan 1.
What to Expect
Book a Tour
Reservations are required to visit Shangri La. Tour reservations can be made online in advance.
Read about COVID-19 Health & Safety measures here.
Arrive at HoMA
Your tour reservation includes shuttle transportation to Shangri La from the Honolulu Museum of Art. Individual access to Shangri La is not allowed.
Check-in at HoMA begins at the designated tour times, 15 minutes before the shuttle departs.
Shuttle to Shangri La
Relax and enjoy the sights of Honolulu on a short 20-minute ride.
Experiencing Shangri La
Self-guided tours allow you to explore the museum and landscape at your own pace.
Return to HoMA
At the conclusion of your tour, return to HoMA on the shuttle, and enjoy the grounds and galleries with your complimentary admission.
Stop by the HoMA Shop for exclusive Shangri La merchandise and books, or visit the HoMA Cafe and Coffee Bar for lunch or refreshments.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Doris Duke Foundations
Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design is a museum for learning about the global cultures of Islamic art and design in new and inspiring ways. The museum is a program of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art through the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FOUNDATION