About Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design
Built in 1937 as the Honolulu home of American heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke (1912-1993) and opened to the public as a museum in 2002, Shangri La was inspired by Duke’s extensive travels throughout North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia and reflects architectural traditions from India, Iran, Morocco and Syria. The permanent collection features over 4,000 objects that include more than 2,500 objects from Spain, Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Iran, Central Asia, India and parts of Southeast Asia.
Shangri La is open to the public for guided, small group tours. The museum also offers programs and educational activities that focus on the global culture of Islamic art and design such as exhibitions, classes, workshops, lectures, film series and performances.
Shangri La is a part of the family of grant-making programs, museums and centers of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, whose mission is to improve the quality of people's lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke's properties.
Visit www.shangrilahawaii.org, where you can scroll through a timeline of the property’s history, take a virtual tour of the estate, and search for and view objects in the collection.
In partnership with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Honolulu Museum of Art serves as the orientation center for Shangri La. All tours of Shangri La originate and end at the Honolulu Museum of Art located at 900 S. Beretania Street between Victoria Street and Ward Avenue in Honolulu.
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.
Additional information about tours may be found on our Visit Shangri La page.