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Presidential Museum and Library

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Address: Kalayaan Hall | Malacañang, Manila, Luzon, Philippines
Phone Number:
+63 2 784 4286

The Presidential Museum and Library is the primary office within the Office...

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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This is one of my most memorable experience this year. But before getting into a tour, you need to request first for a schedule and if you have a suggested schedule please feel... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2017
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

This is one of my most memorable experience this year. But before getting into a tour, you need to request first for a schedule and if you have a suggested schedule please feel free to indicate also so they can check if there is a slot available thru email. You can actually, go to their site for infos and their... More 

1 Thank Seth B
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

-You need to book online 2 weeks in advance -If a foreigner, you simply have to send the main page of passport, no big deal -The only ID needed for check in is the person who booked the tour. -Can take your phone/camera in, need to leave your bag with security -It's a guided tour, takes about 1 hour and... More 

1 Thank charlesbaygon
Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

This place showcase the memorabilia of the past Prwsidents of the Philippines Republic. This is one of the many attraction when you viait Malacanang the official residence of the Republic of the Philippines

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Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

If you want to visit the palace, you need to know well in advance and book a tour long (two weeks?) before you want to go. You can do this online. I was a party of one caught between two groups from Korea and Japan and a group from the Philippines. Maybe this is the reason why I couldn't always... More 

1 Thank Yang Yang C
Newcastle, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

We had a fabulous private tour, it was one of the highlights of Manila. As others have written this tour is the only way you can visit and it must be prebooked weeks in advance. You do have to respond to a few emails and send photocopies of your passports well in advance, but it is absolutely worth it.

1 Thank Boingoz
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Reviewed 27 May 2016 via mobile

The tour guide that took us around the museum is very enthusiastic. His tour presentation is very impressive informative and artistic. He did his best even though we can imagine he has to do this every day, may be many times a day. He must be a very ambitious man or else the government must have a very efficient way... More 

2 Thank Boonchai S
Alhambra, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 May 2016

This trip is worth the two weeks application wait. Inside you will see how opulent and elaborate the offices of presidents. Many memorabilias, rare photos, interesting trivias and information about the highest house and its powerful occupants who shaped the nation throughout its history. if you want to learn about past presidents in a very interesting and interactive way also... More 

2 Thank ezarra101
Makati, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2016

The Presidential Museum and Library is an amazing place to explore and discover. You'll explore the rich and colorful history of Philippine politics through the eyes of the presidents of the republic. The in-house guides are very competent and know their craft. More importantly, you can feel their passion towards their work and the subject matter that they're dealing with.... More 

3 Thank Dustin A
Manila, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 April 2016

One of the most well-preserved museums in the Metro. Plus, it gives a glance on every historical data of our Philippine leaders. :)

1 Thank Jeffrey D
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Reviewed 17 February 2016

Visiting Malacanang takes a bit of perseverance. You need to book online, scan and submit your passport (if foreign), email again . . . but it's worth the effort. The grounds are beautiful as are the buildings. You'll learn all about the presidents since 1946 and see historical rooms where important decisions were made. It tended to be for a... More 

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