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Punta Culebra Nature Center

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Address: Marine Exhibition Center | Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama City, Panama
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+507 212-8793
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US$100.00*
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See the frog exhibit

Make sure you ask what time they will provide a visit to the frog exhibit as it is not always open for viewing. We saw the most amazing frogs! This is a nice walk around and gives... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Diana15241
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

After checking their website we took a taxi out to the museum which sounded promising. When we arrived a guard told us that it was closed for a week. Apparently no one bothered to update the website which is really annoying especially since the location is not made for just passing by...

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Make sure you ask what time they will provide a visit to the frog exhibit as it is not always open for viewing. We saw the most amazing frogs! This is a nice walk around and gives you a good overview of the research work being conducted in Panama.

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Edmonton, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This small park is a good place to see sloths. We saw four. The frog exhibit was ok. There are good views of the sea. The park is old and tired. Children might find the displays interesting but over all they need to invest in a complete renovation of their exhibits.

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Panama City, Panama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

this is a cool place to learn about the flora and fauna of Panama and the Isthmus. When we went there was a mama and baby sloth hanging in a tree close to the pathwalk. Goof frog exhibit with very good explanations of the staff.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

I didn't like this place, it is tiny and there are only a few things to see. A couple of captive seastars and turtles, and the sloth that is living there. Is that worth 8 dollars?

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2 Thank Tom N
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We visited this Research Center (Smithsonian) thinking that it would be managed similarly as Smithsonian in DC. We were wrong. We paid $5 pp and we only could see some sea animals (turtles, a quiet pair of sharks, sea stars, sea worm). There were not guides to offer help or information, we had to look for someone. We were not... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I was hoping to see an actual culebra as I walked the trail but was happy to see two sleeping sloths and two basking iguanas. As for the captive animals, the two nurse sharks were my favorites, followed by the three playful sea turtles and some exquisitely colored starfish.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

It is sad to see that not many people are visiting it. It is easy to see that the Center needs some extra income for a good maintenance that can come from Government, Smitsonian or else.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

I think they should take advantage of the potential of that place. We were expecting more from a place called "Marine Exhibition center". Go guys and improve and show all the marine life Panama have.

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2 Thank Jenn L
Medellin, Colombia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Great place to go with kids, It is small but it is very interesting. They have small exhibitions but the staff is super nice and they make the experience better, the kids can touch star fish and see the small rainforest frogs.

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