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Shangri La

Tours arranged through Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814
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Ranked #5 of 123 Attractions in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Art Museums, Cultural
Owner description: Doris Duke's home, built in 1930, is an architecturally significant home which includes a...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Art Museums, Cultural
Owner description: Doris Duke's home, built in 1930, is an architecturally significant home which includes a collection of Islamic artwork.

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Victoria BC
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

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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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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67 reviews 67 reviews
20 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
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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24 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I had been to Shangri La many times before, years ago. The work done to fix things up and bring it to museum level is outstanding. Congratulations on a great job. A must see.

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Fullerton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

The first notion I had that it would be spectacular is the fact that Doris Duke established a charitable foundation as an unmarried woman. Then facing disapproving frowns when asked where our vacation was taking us, I bumbled onto the Honolulu Museum of Art website and the tour of Shangri La, the private estate near Diamond Head. The home is... More 

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Wall Township, New Jersey
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Excellent, off the beaten path , more cultural site. If you like art and history this is a great excursion. No where else on the islands Can you get a glimpse into the life of an heiress .

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Northern California
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Doris Duke's home and her unbelievable collection of Islamic art and craft should be a highlight of any trip to Hawaii. Read the website and understand what I'm talking about. This is a major resource for the U.S. as a whole, managed by the Honolulu Museum of Art. Make sure to make a reservation at least a month in advance... More 

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