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Address: Tours arranged through Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814
Phone Number: +1 808-532-3853
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Description: Doris Duke's home, built in 1930, is an architecturally significant home...
Doris Duke's home, built in 1930, is an architecturally significant home which includes a collection of Islamic artwork.
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Nice educational tour

This tour was informative, and our group of 6 liked seeing Doris Duke's estate. Our tour guide Mif was helpful, and I do understand that she was fulfilling the codicil of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
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King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

This tour was informative, and our group of 6 liked seeing Doris Duke's estate. Our tour guide Mif was helpful, and I do understand that she was fulfilling the codicil of the will to educate on islamic art, but it was a little too simple, and some of my group felt that she 'talked down' to us too much.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This is a surprisingly lovely place in the heart of upscale suburbia near Diamond Head. It's especially fun to meet so much Middle Eastern art and style tucked away. Would have appreciated a little more exposure around the premises, as the tour is moderately constrained to only a few rooms. That, and you have to put up with the party... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Plan plan ahead to take the tour of this wonderful legacy left by Doris Duke in a private trust. Beautiful, breathtaking and a unique view of how the privileged live. Unsurpassed Hawaiian Diamond Head location. Cyn

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Trenton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

You have to read to understand the rules - you are going to a private residence all the documentation says you must take the shuttle from the art museum to the residence. Other reviews don't pay attention to what you need to do. It is worth it! Beautiful view and a must see. Worth the trip!

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San Francisco, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

A must visit Center for Islamic Art & Culture - Reservations for the tour must be made by contacting the reservations office at the Honolulu Museum of Art: 808-532-3853, or on the web: shangrilatickets@honolulumuseum.org Cost is $25 unless you have a Hawaii ID @ $20. On the day of your tour a shuttle takes you from the Honolulu Museum of... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

I called first thing in the morning to see if I could be put on a waitlist since I did not purchase my tickets early. They said if I headed out to the site I could wait to see if someone didn't show up. I told them I would have to take the bus and ask them what there was... More 

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Kailua, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

I would recommend it to anyone visiting Hawaii. Doris Duke's collection was one of a kind, and the view from her Shangrila was spectacular. There is no AC in the house so if you're there on a sunny day, you might find it hot and muggy but there is water service for you once you get outside. They are strict... More 

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Keaau, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I consider Shangri La to be the number one cultural site in Honolulu even though there is virtually nothing Hawaiian about the place. Though it was once the home of one of the richest people in America, it has an understated feel about it, and the Islamic art that it contains is wonderful. You can only see it on a... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Gorgeous setting; fascinating history; impressive artwork.Although we were not particularly interested in the details of the art, we loved seeing the house, the setting near Diamond Head, and the mechanical marvels for a house built in the late 1930's.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

The tour from start to finish is excellently presented. The guides are extremely professional and knowledgable. This is an excellent tour where you will see a wonderful collection of islamic art that has been carefully integrated in this very special home. Thank you 'Doris Duke' for sharing your legacy with the greater public.

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