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$25 General admission
$20 Hawai‘i residents with proof of Hawai‘i residency.
Proof of Hawai‘i residency (driver’s license or Hawai‘i State ID) will be required at check-in for those who purchase Hawai‘i resident reservations.
There are no discounts for seniors, students, military and Honolulu Museum of Art members.
Children under the age of 8 are not permitted on the tour.
Price includes admission to the Honolulu Museum of Art and its permanent exhibitions.
All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges will be made.
Days and hours of operation
Tours are held Wednesday through Saturday at 9am, 10:30am and 1:30pm, unless otherwise specified.
Programs operate rain or shine unless otherwise noted. If there are severe weather conditions on the day of your tour, please call the Shangri La information line at 808-532-3853 and press 1. A recording will inform visitors if tours are cancelled. If no weather-related announcement is heard, then tours have not been cancelled. In the event that your tour is cancelled, you may call the Shangri La reservations office to request a refund or reschedule your tour.
Shangri La is closed to the public Sunday to Tuesday of each week.
It is also closed on the following days:
Thursday Jul 4, Sep 4-28, Thursday Nov 28, Wednesday Dec 25.
Tour information and reservations
Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Tickets are issued for a specific date and time.
All reservations must be prepaid and all sales are final.
The reservation office is open to take phone reservations on Monday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time.
We are also open to take phone and walk-in reservations on Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-4pm Hawaii Standard Time.
If you reach our voicemail, please leave your name and phone number and we will return your call.
All reservations must be prepaid in full at the time of booking.
We cannot guarantee availability until reservations have been paid in full.
Japanese language tours
Please note: The Japanese language tour for May 2013 is cancelled. We apologize for this inconvenience.
Tours conducted in Japanese are held on the last Friday of every month at noon.
Reservations: 808-532-3853, email@example.com
Reservations are required and can be made up to one month in advance only.
Tour groups are limited to 12 people.
$25 general admission
$20 Hawai‘i residents. Proof of Hawai‘i residency (driver’s license or Hawai‘i State ID) will be required at check-in for those who purchase Hawai‘i resident reservations.
What you need to know
The Shangri La tour is a guided 90-minute walking tour that includes several staircases (for a total of 53 steps) and uneven walking surfaces including stone paving and grass lawn.
The group tour of 12 people begins at the Honolulu Museum of Art with a viewing of the Arts of the Islamic World gallery and a short video about Shangri La and Doris Duke.
Visitors then board minivans for the 15-minute drive to Shangri La.
Tours last approximately two and a half hours, with one and a half hours on site at Shangri La.
Tours feature the public rooms of the main house and portions of the grounds, including:
- Entry courtyard
- Foyer and stairway
- Central courtyard & powder room
- Living room
- Mihrab room and library
- Dining room and lanai (with view of Playhouse, sun pavilion, pool, and landscaping)
- Syrian room
- Damascus room
- Mughal garden
Pending future restoration work, the following area is not currently shown on the public tours: the Mughal Suite, a marble bedroom-and-bath suite that Duke commissioned in India in 1935. This area can, however, be seen on the virtual tour at www.shangrilahawaii.org, in the video at the Museum and in the publication Doris Duke’s Shangri La, which is available in Honolulu Museum of Art Shop. The Playhouse is used for special programs and events—check the Shangri La schedule for upcoming programs.
It is the responsibility of all visitors to arrive and check-in on time at the Honolulu Museum of Art.
Latecomers who miss the shuttle from the museum to Shangri La will not be refunded or rescheduled free of charge.
The house and grounds are built on several levels. The guided 90-minute walking tour includes several staircases (for a total of 53 steps) and uneven walking surfaces including stone paving and grass lawn. Some areas may be inaccessible to persons with disabilities.
Wheelchair tours are available by reservation. For more information on wheelchair accessibility, please see the Visitor Guidelines.
Directions & Parking
All tours of Shangri La originate at the Honolulu Museum of Art located at
900 S. Beretania Street between Victoria and Ward Streets in Honolulu.
Paid parking is available at:
- Honolulu Museum of Art School, located at the corner of Beretania and Victoria Streets.
Entrances on Beretania and Young St. ($3 for up to 4 hours)
- Neal Blaisdell Center, located one block south from the Museum on King Street
(special flat rate of $6, from 5:30am to 5pm, when you mention the Honolulu Museum of Art)
Public access to Shangri La by the Honolulu Museum of Art mini van only.
Under the terms of Shangri La's use permit from the City and County of Honolulu, visitor access to Shangri La is limited to our mini vans, which originate at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Visitors may NOT drive or park on-site at Shangri La or in the surrounding residential neighborhood.
All visitors are required to return to the Honolulu Museum of Art at the end of their tour.
The bus provides service to the Honolulu Museum of Art. For bus information, call 808-848-5555 or TTY 808-848-4500.
The Honolulu Museum of Art Cafe offers lunch service Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30am to 2:00pm in a delightful open-air courtyard setting. The menu features salads, pastas, sandwiches, desserts, wines and beverages served a la carte.
Advance reservations are required. Please call 808-532-8734 to make a lunch reservation.