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.
Built in the late 1930s, on 4.9 acres of beachfront property near Hawai'i’s iconic Diamond Head, Shangri La was Doris Duke’s seasonal home in Honolulu. For nearly 60 years, Duke commissioned and collected about 4,500 objects representing the broad and changing Islamic world that she encountered during extensive travels across North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. Ornate Moroccan ceilings, lush painted Persian tilework, intricate marble Indo-Islamic jalis and more turned her home into a complex space for cosmopolitan engagement, making Shangri La unique among museums of Islamic art and design today.
Guided tours of Shangri La are facilitated by the Honolulu Museum of Art. Please visit https://honolulumuseum.org/plan-your-visit/shangri-la/ to learn more.
Washi (mulberry paper), aluminum