Presidential Museum and Library | Things to do in City of Manila-Metro Manila

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What the White House is to Americans, the Malacañang Palace is to the Filipinos. The Malacañang Palace houses the Presidential Museum and Library in San Miguel, Manila. Previously called the Malacañang Museum, the Presidential Museum and Library is an impressive walkthrough of the stunning building itself and the memorabilia of the greatest leaders in Philippine governance. Built in 1920, the museum building, called the Kalayaan Hall, is an elegant and elaborate palace, designed after Renaissance-revivalist architecture. It is the oldest and most historical structure in the Malacañang complex, and bore witness to major historical events, including landmark speeches, reforms, and revolutionary movements. The museum’s nine galleries, each named after a past president, hold numerous memorabilia, including the print and souvenir materials from their presidential campaigns, their clothing, accessories, as well as publications, documents, and little things that suggest the personality quirks and differences beneath each tough character.
Open: For Reservation, Monday - Friday, 9am - 12nn, 1pm - 3pm
Address: Jose P. Laurel Sr., San Miguel, City of Manila, Metro Manila
Fee: P50
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Nearby attractions

Casa Roces
Attraction
0.23 km away

Located in front of the Malacañang Palace, Casa Roces is an ancestral home turned into a full-service restaurant serving Filipino-Spanish cuisine. Built in the 1930s, the two-storey restaurant has a quaint vintage feel, with the hum of a fancy cafe, and the comforts of a grandmother’s house. The ground floor features an outdoor wooden deck, a dessert bar, and a memorabilia and accessories shop. At night, patrons are served liquor, wine, beer, and cocktails. Further at the back is a gallery displaying Joaquin “Chino” Roces’ memorabilia and his life as a dedicated publisher of The Manila Times. The second floor houses an art and heirloom gallery, and private dining rooms named after the family’s newspaper chains--La Vanguardia, The Manila Times, Liwayway, The Tribune, and Daily Mirror. 

Hospicio de San Jose
Attraction
0.80 km away

Hospicio de San Jose is a home for the homeless, and a home for visitors who'd like to travel for a cause. Hospicio sits on Isla de Convalencia, a lone islet in the middle of Pasig River. It comprises a spacious compound with buildings each housing a different age bracket: for infants, children, teenagers, disabled persons, and the elderly. A separate building is reserved for travelers who'd like to volunteer in this tiny community. For about P700/day, travelers get to have a room of their own on this islet. They may choose the time of their volunteer work, be it in the morning or afternoon, and use the rest of the time exploring the big city. Hospicio de San Jose was founded in 1782 and built on the islet in 1810. It has earned the distinction of being the oldest charitable institution in the Philippines.

San Sebastian Church
Attraction
0.82 km away

San Sebastian Church is the only neo-Gothic church in Asia made entirely of prefabricated steel. The steel structure was crafted in Belgium and was transported in eight different shipments to the Philippines. In 1891, the church was assembled and completed, its steel frame filled with mixed sand, gravel, and cement. Inside, the church is elaborate with stained glass windows depicting the passion of the Christ. The church's pointed arches and washed out paintings of nuns, angels, and saints evoke feelings of terror and fright. Quirky to its design, however, is its altar, which is made of seashells.

Things to do nearby

Quiapo Market Tour by Don't Skip Manila
₱2400.00

  • Revisit Quiapo being the old downtown of Manila. 
  • Discover this colorful and vibrant district that is usually misunderstood. Quiapo is the melting pot of different religions, cultures, and people. 
  • Uncover the mystical, exotic, exciting and spiritual Quiapo. 

National Museum Tour
₱950.00

  • Explore Philippine history through impressive collections of artifacts that date back from the prehistoric times up to the modern days.
  • Spend the day touring the three building of the National Museum complex (National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of  Fine Arts, and the National Museum of Anthropology)
  • See ancient artifacts like the famous 'Manunggul jars', Anito carvings, and weapons that shaped the Filipino culture to what it is today.
  • Marvel at the masterpieces by Juan Luna like the famous Spoliarium and the controversial The Parisian Life.
  • Witness the taxidermied body of Lolong, the 20-feet freshwater crocodile that used to be the largest in captivity.

Destileria Limtuaco Museum
₱89.00
Experience
Museums and galleries
1.93 km away

Destileria Limtuaco, the oldest distillery in the Philippines, celebrates its 166th year with the opening of The Destileria Limtuaco Museum. Now open to the public, the museum showcases the company's fascinating legacy. The Limtuaco Legacy, straddles three centuries and three colonial eras, preserved in a quaint stone building in historical Intramuros. You are cordially invited to visit Destileria Limtuaco Museum and see this rare and unique showcase of Philippine history for yourself. Groups, student field trips, and tourist day trips are welcome.

Where to stay

Hotel 99 Quiapo
₱1214.00
Hotels and homes
1.20 km away

Safety, convenience and comfort – these are just but some of the service potentials is devoted to encapsulate as a true one-of-a-kind hotel experience in its class.Hotel 99 branches are situated in significant areas of Metro Manila that are within easy reach to available transportation such as the LRT and MRT. Hotel guests are being cheerfully greeted and accommodated by our friendly, highly trained staff.Our cozy, fully air-conditioned front office provides sufficient seating, cable TV, computer kiosks, and snacks and refreshments – a perfect place to receive guests and visitors. Wifi access is standard for easy access to the internet anywhere in the hotel. Not only one but two elevators provide faster access to and from the hotel floors. Exciting medley of rooms are available that suit every guests’ preferences and budget.

Quiapo is a district of Manila, Philippines. Quiapo gets it name from a floating plant named; "Kiapo" that grew abundantly around that area. shared its status as the center of the activities of Manila's social elites as well as trade, fashion, art and higher learning with its surrounding vicinity. Hotel 99 is the best place you can be amidst the busy city experience. Welcome to Hotel 99 Quiapo situated at 361 Bautista corner, Hidalgo Street, Quiapo, Manila. Be embraced by our warm and welcoming greetings as soon as you make your first step in our doors. You will then be gracefully escorted to one of our all new 82 themed and well-kept rooms. May it be for business, pleasure or travel, you can count on us to provide you value-for-money accommodation coupled with an exceptional experience and the unique hospitality we are known for.

Sun Star Grand Hotel
₱1162.00
Hotels and homes
1.37 km away

The hotel is located along the busy streets of Quezon Boulevard near Claro M. Recto Sta. Cruz, Manila. Accessible to LRT 1 and 2, Business District, University Belt and shopping destinations in Divisoria. Room amenity includes: air conditioning, Cable Television with High Definition Channels, toilet and bath and free Wi-Fi access.

Manila Prince Hotel
₱3203.00
Hotels and homes
1.43 km away

A city hotel situated in the heart of Manila’s business district where we offer value for money and stylish comfort in our 300 well-appointed rooms. Strategically located in close proximity to Manila’s historical tourist spots, as well as, to main transportation hubs, such as, Light Rail Transit (LRT 1), buses, and the Philippines’ popular local ride, jeepneys. The hotel is a convenient walking distance to malls, amusement centers, museums, theme parks, historic The Manila Hotel, and the Philippines’ kilometer zero, Luneta Park. These and more, make Manila Prince Hotel, a top choice among leisure and business travelers.Manila Prince by The Manila Hotel aims to provide exceptional customer service to all guests. Our goal is to be the preferred hotel choice of the most discriminating guests. At Manila Prince Hotel, our guests are our top priority, providing excellent and luxurious hospitality service, from the heart.Be an unforgettable host when you hold small or big events in Manila. Choose from a wide range of spacious and well-equipped venues, to suit your needs.The hotel’s outdoor pool offers utmost enjoyment for in-house guests.For guests’ business needs, the 24-hour business centre located at the lobby level, is fully-equipped, including Wi-Fi, to ensure guests a most efficient and seamless service.Manila Prince Hotel extends its warm welcome, that embodies the Filipinos’ heart and soul.The Manila Prince Hotel is connected to UN Square.

Getting there and around

Jose P. Laurel Sr., San Miguel, City of Manila, Metro Manila

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