Malacanang Museum Tour

Being a homeschooling family, we usually take our field trips as a family. Last November 11 though we opted to join a homeschooling group of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to visit the Presidential Museum at Malacanang Palace.

The Commute

We left early in the morning and was greeted by the a sea of commuters along Commonwealth all eager to take the next trip. All buses and jeepneys to Manila were full, the UVs no longer go to the side because they are full, and the LRT only has trips from Cubao to Recto (and going there meant we have to squeeze in any available jeep we could find going to Cubao). After an hour of waiting, I had no choice but for us to take a Grab Car instead and pay a hefty amount of 700 pesos for the trip. Though it was a Monday, our trip from Quezon City to Malacanang was quick and we were at the Malacanang Freedom Park forty minutes before we entered the palace grounds.

Before the Tour

I signed-up our whole family for the tour by Akda PH but a day before the trip, I have decided to leave the two little kids with my husband instead. It was the best idea because we had problems commuting and I'm pretty sure that the little ones will just get bored and have tantrums in the trip. Eh bawal ang maingay sa Malacanang. Haha!

When we signed up, we were asked for our full names and birthdates. Please make sure that the names you submit to Malacanang should match what is written on your valid ID. Since Kuya V has his school ID from our homeschool provider, I prepared the passport IDs of the little ones (na hind na din nagamit dahil naiwan sila sa bahay)

When our troop was finally complete at the Freedom Park, the kids were divided into patrols and we walked with them to the security gate. We presented all our valid IDs and were given visitor passes. Afterwhich, we all walked to the main entry of Malacanang Museum.

All belongings need to be submitted to the guards and we were just allowed to hand carry our valuables.

At the receiving area (tip: bring jacket because this room can get really cold) we watched a short clip about the history of the palace and were reminded of some rules. Flash photography is not allowed since most of the items in the museum are old and can get ruined by flash. Initially we were told to have just one camera per patrol but the tour guide allowed us to use our phones to take photos in the tour.

Taking videos inside the Museum is not allowed.

Malacanang Museum and Library Tour

Did you know that the Malacanang Palace is now 99 years old (2019)?

The first room on the first floor housed campaign memorabilia.
Kuya V here posted beside the current president's campaign poster in 2016.

Table where President Marcos declared the Martial Law in 1973
One of the most amazing parts of the palace for me are the intricate artistry of the ceilings.

President Manuel Quezon's table.
Table where President Marcos' cabinet meet.

How to Schedule a Tour at Malacanang Museum

All reservations for tours must be made in writing and must be received by the Tours and Visitor Relations Coordinator at least three (3) working days before the preferred date of tour. Request should have the following information:

  • Your preferred date and time of tour
  • Complete list of names with birth date of all visitors
  • Contact details and complete address of a representative of the group

Address letter to:
Presidential Museum and Library
2/F Kalayaan Hall, Malacañang
J.P. Laurel Street, San Miguel, Manila
Contact Number (63-2) 784 4286 loc. 4649/4945

The tour is free of charge. All reservations are subject to the approval of the Presidential Security Group.

Tours shall start exactly at the appointed time. Groups that are late by more than thirty minutes may not to be entertained.

Attire: smart casual

The Museum is open from:
Monday to Friday
9:00 am to 12 noon
1 pm to 3:00 pm, except public holidays.

2/F Kalayaan Hall, Malacañang
J.P. Laurel Street, San Miguel, Manila
Contact Number (63-2) 784 4286 loc. 4649/4945


  1. It was fun to see old memorabilia of the past. I haven't been on a museum and im hoping I could visit this place soon

  2. It's a good reminder that commuting must be factored in when making a schedule.

  3. Thank you for sharing this informative post

  4. Wow! Probinsya problems, want to visit too with my family, sigurado maamaze Ang aking mga kids , the will be enjoying while learning about our history too

  5. Mas bet ko puntahan yung mga museum compared sa zoo kasi naaawa ako sa mga animals.

    Mas historical din kapag sa museum.


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