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September at Shangri La

Every September, when students head back to school and the trade winds seem to disappear, we catch our breath. We close to the public so that we can work on projects – to maintain the collection, the grounds, and the building itself – that would otherwise disrupt tours.

This year, we will be closed from Sunday, August 28, through Tuesday, October 4. Tours will resume on Wednesday, October 5. You can continue to book tours from October onward through the Honolulu Museum of Art.

We may be closed, but we are definitely not inaccessible. Find us online at take a virtual tour, learn about what we do, and explore over 500 works from our collection. You can also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram—and now Snapchat (@hi_shangrila), where we’ll be posting lots of updates about behind-the-scenes maintenance activities.

When we reopen in October, look forward to a spruced-up tour route, featuring a relandscaped private garden, repainted dining room lanai columns, and repainted Mughal Garden channel, fountain, and falls. We’ve also have some online exhibits in the works through Google Cultural Institute, as well as a residency by Syrian-American hip-hop artist Omar Offendum.

We are not the only ones hard at work this month. We’ve been working with our friends at HoMA to reconceptualize and reinstall the gallery of Islamic art, which will open a day after we do on October 6. The newly installed gallery will feature 77 works from Shangri La, and will include a space for rotating exhibits of contemporary art. Up first are former Shangri La artists-in-residence Ayad Alkadhi, Walid Raad, and Mohamed Zakaria, and Lebanese artist Reem Bassous.

Thanks for your patience, keep in touch, and we look forward to seeing you again in October!