Hours & Admission
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Saturday 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Ticket window closes at 4:00 pm
Periodically open on Sundays for Kama‘aina Sunday
‘Iolani Palace offers two tour options, a docent Guided Tour and a Self-Led Tour . Both options include a tour of the first and second floors of ‘Iolani Palace followed by self-guided exploration of the basement gallery exhibits. It is suggested you allot approximately 60 minutes for either tour. Tour options vary based on the day of the week and the time. Please take careful note of the schedule below.
As an abbreviated alternative, admission limited to the Basement Gallery Exhibits may be purchased. In addition, an introductory video “A King’s Noble Vision” is shown every half-hour in the ‘Iolani Barracks. Viewing of the film is free.
‘Iolani Palace participates in the Blue Star Museums program and offers free admission to active duty military personnel and their families between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
||Child (ages 5-12)
||T, W, Th: 9:00 am -10:00 am
F, Sat: 9:00 am-11:15 am
Tours enter every 15 min.
M: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
T,W,Th: 10:30 am-4:00 pm
F, & Sat.: 12:00-5:00 pm
Tours enter every 10 min.
|Basement Gallery Exhibits
M-Sat.: 9:30 am-5:00 pm
Admission is free for members of the Friends of ‘Iolani Palace.
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Japanese language guided tours are given Monday-Saturday at 11:30 am.
*Children 4 years old and younger are not permitted on the first or second floors of the Palace and may not participate in the Guided Tours or Self-Led/Audio Tours. Children of all ages are welcome to visit the exhibits in the Basement Gallery if they are accompanied by an adult.
** For the Guided Tour, a discount rate of $16.75 is offered for Kama‘aina and Military visitors with proper identification (Hawaii Drivers License, Hawaii State ID, or Active Military ID).
‘Iolani Palace participates in the Blue Star Museums program, and offers free admission to active duty military personnel and their families between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard), National Guard and Reserve members and up to five family members.
The Palace encourages educators to bring their students on tour. Special school tours and group rates are available with advanced reservations.
On Kama‘aina Sunday, generally the second Sunday of the month unless noted, free admission is offered to local residents. See Kama‘aina Sunday for details.
Travel with your docent to the 19th century from completion of ‘Iolani Palace in 1882 to the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893. Learn through story about the furnishings and Royal residents as you are led through the first floor state rooms and second floor private quarters. The tour ends in the basement, where you will be free to view the gallery exhibits on your own.
Reservations are highly recommended. Tours enter the Palace every 15 minutes. Please contact the ticket office to secure a tour time.
Japanese language tours are given at 11:30 am Monday -Saturday.
Guided tours in Mandarin Chinese or American Sign Language can be pre-arranged.
Gain access to the first and second floors of ‘Iolani Palace. Explore them on your own, at your own pace. A pre-recorded audio guide to these two floors, their furnishings, and the compelling history behind this National Historic Landmark provides context for what you see. Follow this with a visit to the basement gallery exhibits.
The pre-recorded audio recording is 45 minutes in length. It is available in these languages: English, Hawaiian, Japanese, Mandarin, French, German and Spanish. Tours enter the Palace every 10 minutes.
Basement Gallery Exhibits:
The basement gallery includes an exhibit of select treasures from the Royal collection, including the Hawaiian crown jewels, an exhibit about the restoration of ‘Iolani Palace, and an exhibit of historic photographs. The restored Kitchen and Chamberlain's Office are also in the basement.
Tickets & Reservations:
The ticket office is located in the ‘Iolani Barracks on the Palace Grounds. Tickets may be purchased there Monday-Saturday from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.
To make reservations please call (808)522-0832 or (808)522-0823 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For pre-recorded tour information call (808)538-1471.
Museum Observed Holidays:
‘Iolani Palace will be closed on the following days—
Monday, January 21, 2013 (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
Monday, February 18, 2013 (Presidents' Day)
Monday, May 27, 2013 (Memorial Day)
Thursday, July 4, 2013 (Independence Day)
Monday, September 2, 2013 (Labor Day)
Monday, November 11, 2013 (Veteran's Day)
Thursday, November 28, 2013 (Thanksgiving)
Wednesday, December 25, 2013 (Christmas)
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 (New Years Day)