Shangri La

Shangri La, Honolulu: Address, Phone Number, Shangri La Reviews: 4.5/5

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Shangri La is a museum for learning about the global cultures of Islamic art and design through exhibitions, digital and educational initiatives, public tours and programs, and community partnerships.
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Larry M
Vancouver, Canada286 contributions
This mansion can only be visited in conjunction with a visit to the Honolulu Museum of Art. You’re taken to the mansion by shuttle from the museum; once there, you have 90 minutes or so to explore the mansion. Staff give a number of (optional) excellent explanatory talks, which are highly recommended, although attending the talks results in a limited amount of time for browsing. Note that reservations must be made for this tour, and when reservations open (see Art Museum Website), they tend to sell out fast. On our tour, there were several standby participants, but some folks were denied access, possibly due to Covid spacing requirements on the shuttle. One great thing about the tour - presumably to entice people to assemble for the return shuttle trip, they serve the absolute best ice cream sandwiches EVER just before the shuttle leaves for the art gallery!
Written February 20, 2022
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Erin2B
Maplewood, NJ33 contributions
Shangri La is literally like no place else on earth. Although one may criticize Doris Duke for combining elements that would never be seen together (or even in the same country), that is precisely the beauty of the place. It is as unique as the surfing heiress herself. Doris Duke's impeccable taste (and her unlimited funds) is manifested in every element of her home. The tour, which is the only way to experience Shangri La, is amazing. Our guide was extremely knowledgable and engaging, especially for folks who don't know a lot about Islamic and Middle Eastern art and architecture.

Full disclosure: I am an art historian and I had the great good fortune to work on the book Doris Duke's Shangri La: A House in Paradise (2012). The book is full of amazing photographs and stories of Doris Duke's travels and support of local artisans.

Make sure you reserve your tickets early (and plan to spend some additional time at the Honolulu Museum of Art before or after the tour of Shangri La).
Written July 22, 2020
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TravellingVegan
Sunnyvale, CA37 contributions
Tickets through Honolulu Museum of Art, which shuttles you to site near backside of Diamond Head. Includes ticket to Honolulu Museum of Art exhibits after you tour. Tickets sell out quickly with around 30 at a time split into 2 groups for 90 min tour. A very nice collection of islamic art and furnishings/decor and house dating from 1920s and 30s. $25 per person. Great views of coastline. Beautiful grounds.

Honolulu Museum of Art is also a large, fantastic collection of asian art from all ages. Well worth it.
Written March 15, 2020
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Paul S
San Diego, California381 contributions
The former home of heiress Doris Duke becomes Shangri La, a museum of Islamic art and design. The five-acre site is on the ocean with beautifully landscaped grounds. Access is via a fifteen-minute bus ride from the Honolulu Museum of Art. A reservation and additional ticket are required for Shangri La.
The craftmanship of the architectural details is outstanding. Highlights include carved marble panels, amazing detailed walls, ceilings and columns, tile settings on the floors and walls, rare vases and other artwork.
Tour is largely self-guided. Three docents were onsite to answer questions. There were three short oral presentations in the introduction gallery, the central courtyard and the Mihrab gallery. All three presentations were worthwhile. The new Qajar gallery was my favorite.
Written August 15, 2022
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HKS2014
Wailea, HI37 contributions
I have been to O'ahu many times but this was my first visit to Doris Duke's home. The visit was arranged by our son, who first took us to the Honolulu Museum of Art. Had a lovely lunch there before boarding a bus that took us to Shangri-La. While arriving to Shangri-La, our group was divided for two separate tours. We had a very knowledgeable guide, whose narrative was interesting! An excellent time was had by all and I highly recommend you go and see the islamic art collected by Doris Duke.
Written January 5, 2020
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Gkez1
34 contributions
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A must see! Beautiful artwork on a fabulous estate in Diamond Head. The volunteer guides were very knowledgeable & provided 2 talks on the tiles, etc. Upon completion of the “tour” we were provided with ice cream & water. Make your reservations early as they only allow a limited number of guests.
Written June 12, 2022
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Brian D
Minneapolis, MN64 contributions
Absolutely breathtaking! When it reopens after renovations it may still be a Covid-19 world. There may be safety measures in place but it is definitely worth a visit.
Even before Covid-19, tickets had to be purchased far in advance. So plan ahead.
All the staff at the Honolulu Museum of Art and at the Shangri La were so friendly and informative. Looking forward to checking out the refreshed Shangri La!
Written August 7, 2020
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Frank M
Rochester, MN112 contributions
Shangra La is an amazing mansion turned into a museum by the Doris Duke Foundation. Tours are reserved through the Honolulu Museum of Art. Shangra La is a testimony to the owner for leaving it to the people to visit and see. The home is amazing with the views on the 4+ acres of the Oahu coast unbelievable. A truly hidden gem. Kathy was our tour guide that day and was just fantastic!
Written February 4, 2020
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Bob
San Francisco, CA136 contributions
Didn’t really know what to expect, but was wowed as soon as the tour started. Excellent docent explained the history of the property and dropped little hints about Doris Duke’s life. The rooms are magnificent! As are the grounds. Book early because tour availability is limited.
Written February 14, 2020
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Portland222
Lake Oswego, OR50 contributions
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Doris Duke built Shangri La in the 1930’s near Diamond Head. Most of us will never travel to Iran, but this home, now a museum , gives us beautiful examples of tile work & furniture from Iran. A must see when you are in Honolulu!
Written February 15, 2020
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