Malacanang Palace & Museum

Attraction Kalayaan Hall | Malacanang, Manila, Luzon, Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
09:00 AM
11:00 AM
First-time visit
Must see
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The Presidential Museum and Library houses the finest and largest collection of references and memorabilia on the history and heritage of the Philippine presidency.

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Why Malacanang Palace & Museum is special ?

The Presidential Museum and Library is located in Kalayaan Hall, originally built in 1921 during the American colonial era as the Executive Building and today a wing of Malacañan Palace, the historic and official seat and residence of the President of the Philippines. The Museum exists to afford public visitors the opportunity to visit the headquarters of the executive department and promote an appreciation not only of the history, role and heritage of Malacañan Palace from its 18th century beginnings in Spanish colonial times across to the present day, but also of the great institution of the Philippine presidency and the legacies of the fifteen Filipinos who to date have held highest office in the land.


What to explore at Malacanang Palace & Museum?

At Kalayaan Hall, reached through the historic Commonwealth-era Harrison Gate of Malacañan Palace, the Presidential Museum and Library is housed in some of the most historically important and architecturally significant rooms in the Philippines. Indeed, these rooms, many restored under the Arroyo administration, continue to play a role in official life. Noteworthy furniture, artwork, memorabilia and items from the collections of the Palace as well as private institutions and individuals have been assembled to form a unique and substantial exhibition for visitors. The building itself, designed by Ralph Harrington Doane in elegant neo-Renaissance style, is one of the finest examples of American colonial public architecture in the country, and one of the best-preserved today.


How to get to Malacanang Palace & Museum?

The Presidential Museum and Library is easy to visit by different means of transport. The nearest metro station is Legarda Station (metro purple line - LRT line 2), from there you can walk toward along Legarda St and Rafael St about 1.1km to reach the place. By LRT line 1 (yellow line), you can get off at Carriedo Station and then take a jeepney route Pandacan-Quiapo via C.Palanca, ask the driver take you to the Presidential Museum and Library.

Selling points

  • An opportunity to visit Malacanan Palace grounds
  • A glimpse into the history of Philippine government
  • The best museum in Manila
  • Getting in touch with History
  • Grand palace and Museum that covers contemporary History
3  nice days in Manila with my family

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3.0 days
118.59 USD
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Kalayaan Hall | Malacanang, Manila, Luzon, Philippines

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Tips for you

  • Located at barangay (district) San Miguel in the Philippine capital, the best way to get to the palace is by taxi.
  • Depending on what your Malacañang schedule, stop by for lunch or dinner at Casa Roces, where you can enjoy excellent Spanish-Filipino food in the beautiful ancestral home of the Roces family.
  • Photography is allowed, so those who wish to capture the breathtaking architecture of the Palace (or pose with the podium the President uses when he rehearses for the SONA) are in luck.
  • Photography of the Malacañang exteriors is also not allowed for security reasons. Only one person per group is allowed to have a camera.
  • If you are driving into the area you must leave your license at one of the security checkpoints in the perimeter
  • You should book a large air-conditioned jeepney via Jeepney Tours, which will serve as your legs for the trip, and shelter from the harsh Manila sun
  • You must book 7 days in advance as reservation.
  • There is a coffee in the garden,


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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 ( 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.

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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.

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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).

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I just went to this places on Apr 2013,The museum is so beautiful and the guide is very helpful.In this places,you'll learn the history of Philippines.Inside the mansion there are a lot of rooms,each rooms has a difference themes.Some room show the 1st ladies portrait,some room show the national treasure.If you go to Manila,I'm strongly recommends you to come to this place.

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