The Senate Museum
Enclosed in the walls of the Senate museum is a repository of our country's rich legislative tradition, the Philippine Senate's long and illustrious heritage that serves as the bastion of our nation's freedom.
The museum houses materials that show the mandates of the Senate under the Jones Law, and a host of congressional records, bills, resolutions, and republic acts.
Minutes and transcripts of Senate proceedings, open reel tape of session proceedings, regalia of the Senate and their symbolism in the lawmaking process, and legislative tools used by the Senate in the performance of its lawmaking tasks are also among the many interesting artifacts that show the richness of the country's legislative practice. There are also portraits of Senate Presidents and photographs of the members of the Senate, biographical sketches and inaugural speeches of the Senate Presidents, tokens given by the official guests and dignitaries, and gifts received by Senate Presidents during their official trips in foreign countries.
The museum also gives audio-visual presentations and initiates programs and exhibits, which are of historical significance to the Senate.
The Senate Museum has had a total number of 22,140 visitors, which include students from public and private schools, members of local government offices, heads and staff of other government and private offices, and delegates from other countries, according to Director Maria Teresa Bondoc, head of the Legislative Reference Bureau that manages and maintains the museum. This only means that more and more people are becoming interested to have a deeper knowledge of the Senate as a revered institution, Bondoc said.
Senate Secretary Emma Lirio-Reyes also said, "Since its establishment, our very own museum has been promoting the glorious history of the Senate to the public. The museum continuously preserves the events that shaped the Senate and immortalizes our beloved senators who have defended our national legacy." For inquiries and guided tours, please contact the Legislative Reference Bureau at 552-6601 loc. 3339 and 3340.