Tours & Admission
Iolani Palace offers two tour options: a Guided Tour with a Palace Docent and a Self-Led Audio 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 60-90 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.
Download Our Mobile App
Download the official Iolani Palace mobile app for iPhones and Androids. Explore the Palace Grounds and navigate the various landmarks – from the Barracks to the Throne Room – with ease using an interactive map.
Hear captivating stories that took place within Palace walls by simply raising your device to your ear as you approach the landmark. Audio tour guide Puunui Wong will transport you back in time as you learn more about how our last reigning monarchs lived.
Download the Iolani Palace app by visiting the App Store on your device:
Blue Star Museum
Iolani Palace is a proud member of Blue Star Museums program, which offers free admission to U.S. active-duty military personnel and their families beginning from (Saturday, May 26, 2018) through Labor Day (Monday,September 3, 2018). Free admission is also extended to members of the National Guard and Reserve forces.
Blue Star Museums is a network consisting of the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and over 2,000 museums across the United States committed to offering free admission to members of the nation’s armed forces and their families.
For more information on visiting the Palace through Blue Star Museums, visit https://www.arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums#!HI
Things To Know Before Your Visit
Visitors are welcome to take photos of the Iolani Palace interior, exterior and grounds for personal use. The following are not permitted: flash photography; videotaping; audio recording; tripods/monopods; extended lenses. For the safety of our visitors and collections, Iolani Palace prohibits the use of tripods or selfie sticks. This is a preventive measure to protect visitors and objects, especially during crowded conditions. We encourage museum visitors to take selfies and share their experiences.
As Iolani Palace is a sacred place, we kindly ask guests to be dressed in a manner that is respectful of its cultural and historical significance.
- Shirts and footwear are required; you will also be asked to wear shoe coverings provided by the Palace.
- Bathing suits and beachwear (including beach coverups) are inappropriate attire and not permitted.
- Clothing displaying profanity is not allowed.
Children under 5-years-old are free, they must be in a front-held infant/child carrier worn by an adult at all times or safely strapped in a stroller provided by Iolani Palace. There is no charge to use the Palace strollers and personal strollers are not permitted inside the Palace. If the child is being disruptive, Palace personnel will ask that the child be taken outside.
Not allowed: large bags, backpacks, luggage, food and beverages.
Service Animals: Service animals are permitted on the premises. We ask that you notify the reservations office and/or the cashiers before entering Iolani Palace.