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Address: Kalayaan Hall | Malacanang, Manila, Luzon, Philippines
Phone Number: +63 2 784 4286
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Description: The Presidential Museum and Library is the primary office within the...
The Presidential Museum and Library is the primary office within the Office of the President responsible for preserving, managing, and promoting the history and heritage of the Philippine Presidency, and particularly of Malacanan Palace as its official seat. It is the principal historical and artistic repository in support of the institution of the Presidency and for the benefit of the Republic and the Filipino people. It exercises primary curatorial, conservation, preservation, custodial, and advisory responsibilities over structures, and facilitates the conduct of tours of designated areas within the Palace. It was created in 2004 with the implementation of Executive Order No. 366, Issued by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, which merged the Presidential Museum and the Malacanang Library into one office as the Malacanang Museum. The collections of both offices were integrated and housed in Kalayaan Hall, while others were placed in off-site storage facilities.In 2010, Executive Order No. 880 Was issued, placing the Malacanang Museum under the supervision of the National Museum for museological and related policy purposes. Later on, Executive Order No. 4, Promulgated by President Benigno S. Aquino III, placed the Malacanang Museum under the supervision and control of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office. The issuance likewise renamed the Malacanang Museum as the Presidential Museum and Library.
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Ahead of our recent trip to Manila, we emailed the office of the presidential Museum to reserve a tour. This was easy to do and we were surprised at how low the entry price... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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St Ives, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
8 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Ahead of our recent trip to Manila, we emailed the office of the presidential Museum to reserve a tour. This was easy to do and we were surprised at how low the entry price was. Make sure you visit the website (Malacanang.gov.ph) which has details on how to book as you need to reserve your place at least 2 weeks... More 

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Laval, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Educational and entertaining, enjoyed the visit 100%. Married to a Filipina and while I have visited Philippines many times, this visit was educational and I enjoyed it immensely.

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Shenzhen, China
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Important wear pants, otherwise they will not let you in. Very nice visit, the place is very well maintained, and give you the chance to know more about the presidents and history from the Philippines if you are foreign. If mobility is an issue this is not the place for you (many steep stairs).

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Manila
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60 reviews 60 reviews
32 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

It's not a popular destination due the permits and advance reservations involved due to security reasons but do visit it if you don't mind.

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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

It was a good way to spend a couple of hours with my three out of town friends. Our tour guide was young, energetic and articulate, although not quite always historically accurate. Of all the rooms shown to us, the Osmena room was, to my mind the most amazing. The chandelier was impressive and the table was huge enough to... More 

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Tokyo
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103 reviews 103 reviews
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We had booked our tour a month before via their online booking system. I had even attached the PDF of my husband's passport data page which was a requirement for foreigners. I didn't get a confirmation from Malacanang palace and so I decided to call their office 3 days before our scheduled tour. The person I talked with told me... More 

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Goulburn, Australia
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Just when you are about to write off Manila as a cultural wilderness some things excite. This is one. Not the greatest museum but informative and well curated so that when you have finished your tour you have a new and better understanding of the local culture and historical perspective of the society. Well worth a visit in conjunction with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Organizing the booking online through the Presidential Office was so easy and emails were fast to respond. The tour showed some amazing rooms and exhibits in the Palace and some exquisite works of art. One of the trees had blown down in the garden, but the Museum was in perfect condition considering a typhoon had passed through the week before.... More 

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Surabaya, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

You must take some times, about 1 month before arrival to get approval to enter this Presidential Museum @Malacanang Palace, Manila. But it's worth to wait! It's a complete museum collection, the history of many presidents in Philippines, nice tour guide who have very good knowledge about the history of presidential in Philippines. I think this is one of the... More 

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Cainta, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

The tour was able to bring me back into time through the incredible amount of attention given to details within the Presidential Museum and Library, from the paraphernalia available to the various rooms which were used by various figures in Philippine history. Likewise, the stories told by our tour guide, the Director of the Museum himself, added an insightful take... More 

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