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“Rich in history”

Presidential Museum and Library
Ranked #45 of 142 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.
Reviewed April 9, 2012

If you're a Filipino, you should come and visit the palace. The main hall was so beautiful. You'll see wooden chandeliers intricately carved with ornate designs. They say they're made of Narra. When we went there, we saw the expensive items that used to belong to the late President Marcos and his family. We also got a glimpse of the former first lady's shoe collection. Though, I am not sure if they still have that on display. There were a lot!!!! For me it was an educational trip. Come and visit!

Thank Ayesha C
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Reviewed March 31, 2012

It's a wonderful museum.Full of antique,elegant and luxury item.Very gigantic style,more beautiful arts and portraits.It's like a bazaar.

3  Thank helenremegio
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Reviewed March 21, 2012

history that is forgotten by the youth. they ought to send field trips here instead of to commercial places

2  Thank Ludwig W
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Reviewed March 2, 2012

Lol. this place reeks of the old times, tho its nice to see what the powerful person in this country have seen in this place. We had a tour as part of one of our subjects, and im glad i came, we had sawn the pasig river from the terrace of the malacañang musem and it was fantastic feeling :). Even kept my Malacañang pass as a souvenir. The place is also clean and quiet i dont know but its really nostalgic .

1  Thank Mace C
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Reviewed January 10, 2012

I can only say that this is amazing ! As Indonesian I even had so many difficulties of bureaucracy and many procedures to visit our president's palace, even only his fourth or fifth palace in Bali and Cipanas. But Filipino's are great. They are really entertainers and can deliver their own history without compromising security. I was only asked to send my scanned passport, fill an application via e-mail and pay the visitor fee, and thanks to my Filipino friend who took care of those simple things.

Talk about the architecture, the collection and the experience, it was a great pleasure. I and my young family really enjoyed the history told and the memorabilias displayed. With help of very fluent and entertaining guide, history was just finding a new side that swept away boring feeling. We did like so much the presidential rooms, where specific memorabilias of each presidents are displayed. Also the room with Jose Rizal's stuffs.

Do not forget also three other attractions : backyard terrace with its Pasig river view, the main gallery and library where all the big collections of books, literatures and souvenirs are kept, and the Imelda Marcos' related area with its huge painting above the stairway.

We took our chance to take pictures in the press room and Marcos's desk with his picture declaring martial law (said the guide, sure). Those are the good souvenir to be shown to our friends here. And another pleasure in the end is the souvenir's booth near the exit door where you could buy some nice stuffs. Affordable and unique. My recommendations are the bag with palace's logo, the mug with the palace logo and the white T-shirt. Sure you can buy the small stuffs as usual like the keychains and ballpen.

7  Thank javabalilombok
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