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“House of Power” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Presidential Museum and Library

Presidential Museum and Library
Kalayaan Hall | Malacanang, Manila, Luzon, Philippines
+63 2 784 4286
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Ranked #9 of 78 Attractions in Manila
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
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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.
Maui, Hawaii
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“House of Power”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

I just hope and pray that all its tenant deserve to be housed in this magnificent house of power. Opening this to the public provided safety is not compromised will pave the way for the government to be close to its people.

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Laguna,Philippines
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“A place to see good design and structure.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

I like every rooms, hallways in the museum. Most of the collection are amazing and elegant. It is indeed a tourist spot where we filipinos can be proud of.

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Irvine, United Kingdom
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“worth visiting, piece of history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

lovely architecture and full of history, very imposing building, very bust with visitors, but well worth visitingi

Visited November 2011
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“Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

Worth seeing if you are a first timer in the Philippines. The guided tour information was easy to understand and was very informative.

Visited September 2012
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Richmond, Canada
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“A must-see when in Manila”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

This was one of the highlights of my recent trip to Manila! I've been wanting to go here for the past 3 Philippine trips I've had, and it was more than what I had expected.

The surroundings were spotless.

The tour was worth it! Our tour guide (Rommel?) was very accommodating, and patient. He let us take photos and go at our own pace, while mentioning relevant facts about the room/artifact. The palace staff was very polite as well.

The rooms were beautiful! They dedicate a room to previous Phil. presidents, and each room had a personality that matched the president and the era. There were paintings, historic furniture, photos, personal items of the presidents, etc.

The price was very affordable (Php 50 for adults, Php 30 for students).

I would definitely recommend this tour to Filipinos in the Philippines, and of course, visitors who love a taste of history, beauty, and a unique experience.

Tip: Make sure to plan ahead and contact them for schedules and admission. They are strict with background checks, although you could bring ONE camera for your group.

Visited June 2012
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