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Iolani Palace, Honolulu

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#2 of 100 in Museums in Hawaii
The only royal palace in America, Iolani Palace saw the reign of Queen Lili'uokalani, Hawaii's last monarch, end with her overthrow in 1893. Soak up the building’s Hawaiian renaissance style, which seems fitting given that the site served as the seat of government for the independent Kingdom of Hawaii. Constructed in 1879, the building has a series of rooms restored to their formal royal glory, complete with period-accurate furnishings, fabrics, and decorations. You can explore the grounds on a docent-led tour or a self-guided audio tour, but be sure to book ahead of time to ensure a spot, as tickets can sell out. Our Honolulu trip builder tool makes visiting Iolani Palace and other Honolulu attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We were very impressed by the preservation of the palace, the very well narrated audio guided tour and the displays in the basement. A must see during a visit to Honolulu.  more »
  • One of the best restored historical location I have ever visited. It was a pleasure and a joy to hear of the royal families history and understand some of the local feelings of their wonderful islands...  more »
  • the Palace with electrical and telephone equipment preceded the White House, bathtub with hot/cold water, a souvenir from the corners of the world and complete tourist literature, musical instruments and modern piano design and construction of the Palace of the European model, with the system building conservation is good, fun tour
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  • The audio tour (tours are the only way in the building) was top notch and very informative. The palace itself is beautifully restored and a real example of the depth of Hawaiian history and culture. The price is very reasonable and you could easily spend two hours here if you also visit the optional secondary exhibits in the basement. My minor complaints are with regard to lighting which made some photographs difficult (no flash or video allowed) and the enforced distance from some parts of the rooms, which are laid out like dioramas and you are sometimes only to view from the edge of the room. I would also have liked to see more historical photographs that compare the restored rooms to their original state.
  • The audio tour is very well done--both my husband and I found it engaging and interesting. The history is a sad one, but important. It's well worth taking the time to learn more about Hawaii. I recommend it wholeheartedly.
  • Please visit the palace. There was so much US History that you don't learn in History classes about how Hawaii became a province of our country and then a state. The Queen's being sentence to seclusion to that small portion of the palace was so sad. There was lots to see. I was most impressed by the fact that the Iolani Palace had electricity before the Palace in England and the White House. There are no light switches because the king had the lights to be scheduled to be on in certain places. So much more...check it out.
  • this was a great little stop whether you go inside or not. i feel like this was a great spring board to do so many other things after. there is so much history here you'll definitely want to be here and see everything it has to offer
  • Iolani Palace was pleasant surprise. I was pleased to learn more about the history of Hawaii and its last monarchs. We opted for the audio tour and cruised along just fine. The tour was informative it took us through different rooms inside the castle. Our 4 year old had to be strapped in a stroller and all of us had to wear shoe covers, provided by the palace management. Lots of historical artifacts in the basement. Parking is tough, just like anywhere else on the Island, but we were able to park underneath the state building across the street for a nominal charge. Keep quarters on you for parking.
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