We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Shangri La

Tours arranged through Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814
+1 808-532-3853
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #5 of 159 Attractions in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Art Museums
Description: Doris Duke's home, built in 1930, is an architecturally significant home which includes a collection of Islamic artwork.
Write a Review

355 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    269
    62
    16
    5
    3
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Scottsdale, AZ
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
23 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The house tour is fine (it will be better when the bedroom and bathroom are renovated and back open to the public), it was the guide that made us crazy. Really annoying and very off topic, not at all what we were looking for in the guide for information, stick to the topic at hand please!

Was this review helpful? Yes
La Mesa, CA.
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
72 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Ms. Duke as the hieress to the Duke fortune, Duke Energy, U.S. Tobacco cigarette monopoly was truly born with a platinum spoon in her mouth. She used it well in building a home on a supurb location and filling it with a most impressive collection of Islamic art, mostly from Iran, Iraq and Syria with dribs and drabs from elsewhere.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Auckland, New Zealand
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Was well worth the early start - amazing collection of Islamic art that you definitely wouldn't see else where. Go early it can get really hot and muggy in the house. Only downside is that you aren't able to wander and investigate the things that interest you more - but in order to preserve the home this is fair enough.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

A most unique home. Located in paradise behind Diamond Head. Take the time to visit Honolulu Museum of Art exhibits before your tour.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chicago, Illinois
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Visited in 2013 and had to go back for a second time. The house is amazing. Got a little different take this time with a different docent. Tour price also includes admission to the Honolulu Academy of Arts which is a pretty good museum as it has a bit of everything without sending one into "art overload."

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chatsworth, California, United States
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Pros: you will never forget it, the artwork acquired is spectacular Cons: you need to be shuttled in (it is a residential neighborhood!)

Was this review helpful? Yes
Seattle, Washington
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

If you're a sucker for residences of America's elite or even just fascinated by some of the rich and famous from Honolulu's golden age of mid-century development, you'll love this tour. The residence is an oasis amid all the touristy hubbub in Oahu. You take a shuttle from the museum and are led around by a docent in a small... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ottawa
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This place is really nice and the collection of islamic art is impressive. This is worth a visit. Hoiwever, the visit is done in a very strict regulated environment. Be prepared to be followed everwhere by a "guard" who will check if you put a foot outside the permitted area. Also, no photos almost everywhere. Also, some areas were under... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Honolulu, Hawaii
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This home turned museum is so interesting. The artwork and architecture is amazing, along with the history behind it. The views from the house are gorgeous. Our docent, Susan, was really knowledgeable. This was our second time there, and we see and learn something new every time.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
6 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Especially if this is not your first visit to Honolulu - and you have seen the 'usual' attractions - you really should put this on your list. There is an element of planning ahead as they only take a small number for each tour, which has 2 or 3 time slots, Weds-Saturday. Once booked it is non refundable - the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Shangri La also viewed

 

Been to Shangri La? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Shangri La, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing