Note: Access is by reservation and by shuttle from the Honolulu Museum of Art.
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 throughout North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia and reflects architectural traditions from India, Iran, Morocco and Syria.
The museum exhibits an extensive collection of Islamic art intended to promote the study and understanding of Islamic arts and cultures. Numbering approximately 2,500 objects, the collection includes works of art from Spain, Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Iran, Central Asia, India and parts of Southeast Asia.
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 understanding of the Islamic world.
Tours are offered regularly Wednesday through Saturday starting at 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tickets must be reserved in advance. The entire tour experience lasts approximately two and a half hours with one and a half hours on site at Shangri La.