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“Plan ahead and visit Malacanang” 5 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 #19 of 114 things to do in Manila
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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.
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“Plan ahead and visit Malacanang”
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 in advance.

On the day we took a taxi from our apartment in Ermita to the Malacanang compound. This cost around 150peso but the driver didn't seem to know where he was going and we had to help him, having a rough idea where it was over the river.

On arrival at the gate, our name was on the list and we were taken through security and into a reception hall where our guide collected us. He took just the two of us around the palace museum despite there being 6 or 7 other small tour groups arriving at the same time. This was a really good point.

Our tour took us through many interesting and historic rooms of the palace and the guide was very helpful and informative. The tour lasted approximately 1 hour.

I would definitely recommend this as a glimpse into political history in the Philippines. Well worth a visit.

Visited February 2015
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Laval, Canada
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“Malacanang Museum & Library is a must visit”
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.

Visited February 2015
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Shenzhen, China
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“Nice visit”
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).

Visited February 2015
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Manila
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“An opportunity to visit Malacanan Palace grounds”
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.

Visited May 2014
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Metro Manila, Philippines
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“A pleasant afternoon”
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 evoke a sense of power. It was easy to imagine the many critical decisions that must have been reached in that room.

The museum has quite a collection of art but during our visit, not one had an identifying marker. They must have been works of art by Filipino masters but we just had to take the word of our guide that they were. A description of the artist, dates, etc. and their provenance would have been really helpful and appreciated.

We are all senior citizens so we had lived trough most of the presidents whose memorabilia were on display. We had fun reminiscing what we remembered of the slogans in the past. Mambo mambo Magsaysay was a blast from our childhood past and we had fun listening to it.

It was all in all a pleasant afternoon.

Before I end this I would like to commend Grace who facilitated our booking. I had the dates and the names of guests amended several times because of changes in arrival schedules but Grace remained gracious and accommodating. Thank you Grace.

Visited November 2014
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