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Shangri La

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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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Beautiful, interesting tour

I don't usually go on tours or visit museums, however my cousin recommended this. It was amazing, both architecturally and historically. I would definitely do this again and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 24, 2015
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Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

I don't usually go on tours or visit museums, however my cousin recommended this. It was amazing, both architecturally and historically. I would definitely do this again and recommend it to anyone going to Honolulu, regardless if they like tours or museums.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I loved this place. I am an artist and I had tried to get in last year but couldn't I was so impressed I can't say enough about it - Check out my blog on my site for more details www.maryannburrows.com it was beautiful. Well worth it - only $25.00 but you need to plan ahead and book it at... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

i was lucky to get tickets at last minute when I went to Honolulu Museum. Shangri La was so beautiful I got teary. The Islamic decor was out of this world, it made me reassess how much emphasis we give to Western art and ignore the beautiful art from other parts of the world. Her bedroom just opened and it... More 

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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This site is a bit of a hassle to get to but it is well worth it...This place is amazing - very Zen! Guides are knowledgeable and you get a bit of time to roam the outer areas...I highly recommend this place...

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Victoria BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

I would recommend this tour-- the story of Doris Duke is very interesting, and the chance to visit Shangri La is a treat. The house and the art work is stunning. Our docent was informative but also had quite a sense of humour and fun. I would recommend watching the background film at the museum prior to the tour. You... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Beautiful grounds, but we found the home to be very impersonal but of course no one lives there right now. You wonder how influential Doris Duke's capitalistic view of the world played in accumulating all the Islamic treasures.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

You need to make a reservation but this is a very interesting experience. The beauty of Shangri-La and the story of Doris Duke are truly special and worth the time. The picturesque setting is icing on the cake! It is very rare to be able to experience a residence of such beauty. This is a must see.

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Huxley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

The collection of middle-eastern art was not only impressive, it was carefully woven into the home; this was not designed as a museum, but as the residence of someone who loved those items. The small size of the tour group was very comfortable; the entire visit was well planned.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Really enjoyed our tour of Shangr-La. Its a very interesting home filled with islamic art and artifacts. You must book the tour through the Honolulu Art Museum which is also worth taking time to look through.

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Honolulu
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I learned a lot about Muslim art during the tour but by the end I found the experience stifling. Inside you are completely surrounded by designs with no white space, no relief. I found it depressing that a woman would spend years dealing with this kind of tedious design. The tour was long, there was the mandatory bus ride to... More 

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