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Afro-Antillian Museum (Museo Afro Antillano de Panama )

Calle 24 y Avenida Justo Arosemena | Barrio de Calidonia, Panama City, Panama
+507 262-5348
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Open Tuesday-Sunday, this museum pays tribute to the 30,000-plus black West Indians who made up the vast majority of the Canal’s foreign laborers, many of whom died doing this dangerous work. See reconstructed examples of Afro-Antillanos’ dismal living conditions, photos and artifacts.
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Calle 24 y Avenida Justo Arosemena | Barrio de Calidonia, Panama City, Panama
+507 262-5348
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Reviewed 5 September 2016

This small museum has some interesting exhibits in a building that was an old church. Curated by a local group, the museum keeps alive the memory of caribbean people who helped build the Panama canal. Consisting mostly of photographs but also a few room reconstructions,...More

Thank dmittleman
Reviewed 13 August 2016

Founded in 1985 by Panamanians of Afro-Caribbean descent--SAMAAP (Society of Friends of the West Indian Museum of Panama in Spanish), this low-key museum is very important for preserving the history of the 45,000+ canal builders, the majority of whom came from Caribbean islands in hopes...More

4  Thank Sharon B
Reviewed 24 March 2016

This small museum shed so much little on the contribution of particularly Barbadian and Jamaican people to the creation of the Canal and therefore Panama itself. These are the things that you do not learn in traditional schools. The US went to these islands and...More

2  Thank Fabdiva1
Reviewed 26 September 2015

We enjoyed visiting this museum. Nice exhibition that could use some work. The history is very interesting, as well as the area.

Thank David M
Reviewed 4 May 2015

This tiny museum is an old, converted church built by West Indian settlers in the early 20th century. It exhibits show the life of the West Indian community that came to dig the Canal. It shows the lifestyles of these Caribbean settlers and the difficulties...More

3  Thank Caroline P
Reviewed 24 March 2015

We had the Hop on Hop off Bus ticket and got off the bus at the Ancon Hill the second day. First we visited the Afro-Antillian Museum (Mi Pueblo) below the Ancon Hill. It is quite nice and some local guides are walking around with...More

Thank Sandra F
Reviewed 14 October 2014

It is good to see the rest of our history and else! But they may need a help to update it more! This is a place where you have to take your time because it bring you back to the past. More pictures needed! Nice...More

Thank Franck-Alb B
Reviewed 1 January 2014 via mobile

As anove - whst happened to the Negative Rebiews ? Are u playing favorites ?? Yelp has been caught pulling positive reviews until one advertises with them ,, Whats up ??

Thank Nolivap
Reviewed 27 November 2013

It scratches the surface of this very interesting topic with rather mundane photographic wall plaques, several of which I have seen from simple google searches. The building is lovely and deserves its preservation. Really not much to sell, which I think is a lost opportunity....More

Thank Mofongoloco
Reviewed 10 February 2013

We brought a large group of guests to the Museum as part of a City Tour. It became apparent that they truly enjoyed their visit to the Museum and several said that we should have spent more time there. The two previous groups we had...More

2  Thank Bill K
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