September at Shangri La: Improving the Museum Experience

As summer winds down and the weather, well, just keeps getting hotter, we begin to prepare for our annual closure in September. This year we’ll be closed to public from Monday, August 28 through Tuesday, October 3, and reopen for regular tours starting from the Honolulu Museum of Art on Wednesday, October 4. This annual closure provides time and space to work on our larger maintenance and conservation projects, from landscaping to object rotations. We also use this time for staff trainings and planning programs for next year!

But this September will be unique in terms of construction and creativity.

We’ll be beginning a major construction project to retrofit and repair one of our iconic water features – the salt-water pool. Built nearly 80 years ago, the pool has been a character defining dimension of the museum experience and it is time to replace the systems that have been supporting this cherished part of Shangri La. We’ll also be working with local artists to create exciting site-specific art to activate new and old narratives about the property and we’ll be opening new gallery spaces for the public to explore. The Moroccan Room and the rarely seen Powder Room will be hosting new exhibitions of key pieces from our collection, and we’ll be working on making the Central Courtyard an increasingly program-friendly space.


As you await our reopening, we’re still available in many other ways! You can visit our annex gallery of Islamic Art at the Honolulu Museum of Art or explore Shangri La via our virtual tour, or search the online collection database through our website.  We are currently updating our online collections database with newly-added objects (we’ve already added over 50 items!). You can also follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to get a glimpse at what’s happening behind-the-scenes here.  

We are looking forward to seeing you in October with some exciting new onsite offerings!