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Presidential Museum and Library

Kalayaan Hall | Malacanang, Manila, Luzon, Philippines
+63 2 784 4286
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Ranked #6 of 79 Attractions in Manila
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Owner description: The Presidential Museum and Library is the primary office within the Office of the President responsible for preserving, managing, and promoting the... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Goulburn, Australia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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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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Sydney, Australia
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5 attraction reviews
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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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Quezon City, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

The museum presents a collection of belongings and supplementary materials that enables us to learn a more or less century worth of Philippine history. With the assistance of our tour guide, we learned interesting facts, trivia and stories that add to the many narratives about the presidents and the Palace. The museum is well-maintained and is organized by theme and... More

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Quezon City, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

It was like a travel back in time. I got to learn more about the past Presidents. The Museum had lots of artifacts and memorabilias from our past leaders, that will make you appreciate what they did for our country. Our tour guide, Macky, was so informative, we were all just in awe that these were the very same rooms... More

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

My friend Flor helped us get here. (She doesn't work here anymore, though) For foreigners (my fiancé is British), they will have to submit a copy of their passport for a security check, and you must have a reservation for your visit. The Palace grounds and buildings are imposing, but when you get there, there is an ambiance of an... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

The Presidential Museum and Library (MalacanangPalace) was built in 1750 and is situated along the Pasig River. The Palace have been seized several times as the result of protests. The tour of the palace is worthwhile and needs to be pre-booked and there is a small nominal fee charged. I found it rather interesting and a guide walks you around... More

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Hyderabad, India
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33 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Malacanag Museum is located in a sprawling grounds and housed in a majestic building. Most of the recent history is preserved there. One gets to see some artifacts related to the Revolution, like the plans of March of the Millions. Several objects and pictures from all the previous Presidents are housed here. The famous balcony where Marcos addressed the people... More

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

what a palace i would say, to actually to enter a palace in the Philippines is a great experience that you shouldn't miss. Though the palace don't really have that much to see it is one experience!

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