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.
Exclusive Experience: Royal Legacy Tour
This unique tour includes a personal greeting from the Iolani Palace Director of Guest Services, a private tour of the Palace, and behind the scenes experience. This exclusive opportunity brings to life the time of Hawaii’s monarchy and the Palace as a marvel of opulence, innovation, and political intrigue. This National Historic Landmark in downtown Honolulu tells of a time when their Majesties, King Kalakaua, who built it in 1882, and his sister and successor, Queen Liliuokalani, walked its celebrated halls.
Guests will experience an extraordinary tour of Iolani Palace led by the Palace Historian and going beyond the stanchions of the State Dining room, King’s Library, King’s bedroom and Throne Room allowing a closer look at many precious artifacts. During this private and intimate tour, visitors will hear stories of the monarchs and learn of their distinguished place in Hawaii’s history, as well as their impact on the world.
The tour concludes at the Palace Galleries, where guests can view beautiful jewels and other treasures from the Royal Collection, and visit the exhibit describing the meticulous restoration of the Palace and the continuing efforts to protect and preserve it for future generations.
- An intimate group of 1 to 4 guests
- A personal lei greeting by the Iolani Palace Director of Guest Services
- A private, tour of Iolani Palace and Palace Galleries
- A gift bag with palace souvenir and one year of membership with The Friends of Iolani Palace
- A 10% discount in the Palace Shop
- Ability to view the video presentation of "A King's Noble Vision"
- This tour experience lasting approximately 90 minutes
Cost: $550. Tour arranged by appointment only. Please call (808) 522-0832 to make a reservation.
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:
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.