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Panama Interoceanic Canal Museum

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Address: Av Central - Plaza de la independencia, Panama City 0816, Panama
Phone Number:
+507 211-1649
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09:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
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Opened in 1997, this history museum chronicles the planning, construction...

Opened in 1997, this history museum chronicles the planning, construction and present-day operation of Panama's landmark canal.

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Casco Antiguo treasure, great value, easy, recently updated; special exhibits

CASCO ANTIGUO treasure in a beautiful old renovated gray & while building on Cathedral Plaza (also called Plaza Independencia). Note that this is NOT at MIraflores Visitor Center... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Panama City, Panama
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Cedar Creek, Texas
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum is a nice history of Panama, from the shifting of the tectonic plates that created the isthmus all the way through current day. 90% of the exhibit text is spanish only. If your spanish is as bad as mine, you can pay an extra $3 at the admission desk to get an english audio tour headset. I was... More 

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hobe sound florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We found it sad that a museum detailing the history of such an international subject as the Panama Canal only provides Spanish explanations for the exhibits. Audio guides are only in English. Our nephew from Germany visited with us & was totally lost. Compare this to our visit to Cambodia, where Angkor Watt provides tour guides fluent in nearly every... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It is a basic museum that offers some related information of the history, engineering desing, types of ships allowed, and a couple of simulators to enhace your visit to the Miraflores gates of the Panama Canal. It is the best way to take a look of the canal at a very short distance of the Pacific Ocean's gate.

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

CASCO ANTIGUO treasure in a beautiful old renovated gray & while building on Cathedral Plaza (also called Plaza Independencia). Note that this is NOT at MIraflores Visitor Center like many of the posted photos!!. This is one of the best-kept secrets in Panama City (sadly). With life-size replicas of historical settings and events from the Canal Zone era, on-going videos,... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is a "must see" before visiting the canal(s). The information that you get at the visitors centers pales in comparison to the historic information and displays found in this museum in the old town.

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Torrance, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place provides history and other information regarding panama canal. Very interesting place, I recommend all the visitors to look around museum and take a look at the actual canal. You will understand it better.

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Stone Mountain, Georgia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Probably somewhat will execute it if you spoke Spanish, but as English speakers we relied on the audio tour. The entire section about the French attempt at building the canal was closed which made everything really confusing. Don't take young kids because they'll be totally lost

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a very cool museum, though the English aural guide and the numbers in the museum do not exactly match up. It is very innovative, with great visual and participatory areas. I loved seeing the different soils from the different areas excavated from the Panama Canal waterway. The tectonic plate movement on the globe was fantastic, I must have... More 

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Oakville, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The cost of admission was $5 plus the cost of a device to play a guided recording was $3. I highly recommend the recording because most of the exhibits are displayed in Spanish only. For comfort sake, bring your own headphones because they will be a lot better than the ones supplied. The museum itself is in a historic building... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited the museum. It wasn't anything spectacular. The history is fascinating but having done this museum and the Miraflores museum I would choose the Miraflores museum. This museum focuses on the history of Panama and also the building of the Panama Canal. If you don't read Spanish fluently make sure to get the guided tour - the earphones cost... More 

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