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“The best museum in Manila”

Presidential Museum and Library
Ranked #35 of 133 things to do in Manila
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“The best museum in Manila”
Reviewed August 22, 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. This is an exceptional museum, not to be missed.

Only one camera is allowed per group booking, so choose your best camera and give it to your best photographer!

Visited July 2014
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Surabaya, Indonesia
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49 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Worth to wait! Very Complete Museum Collection..”
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 "must go" place in Manila!

Visited June 2013
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3 Thank Andy K
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Cainta, Philippines
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A must for all”
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 into what had transpired within Kalayaan Hall, which helped to delve deeper into the symbolism and meaning of the Palace and the Presidency. A truly worthwhile tour for any history buff or those simply looking to discover and learn.

Visited May 2014
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2 Thank Guio M
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Quezon City, Philippines
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Narratives”
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 by period. Educational and worth-visiting.

For tour reservations, visit http://malacanang.gov.ph/

Visited March 2014
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2 Thank graxieguiang
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Quezon City, Philippines
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20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Getting in touch with History”
Reviewed February 18, 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 that our past leaders made history in.

Visited January 2014
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4 Thank Timee G
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