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Address: Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), Panama City, Panama
Phone Number: +507 830-6700
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Description: Designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the Biomuseo is his only...
Designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the Biomuseo is his only work in Latin America and the tropics. The building was designed to tell the story of how the isthmus of Panama rose from the sea, uniting two continents, separating a vast ocean in two, and changing the planet's biodiversity forever.
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One of the Best Museums I've Been to

This is a fabulous museum, beautiful both inside and out, with gorgeous views of Panama City. The exhibits are excellent, with many of them interactive. They are really fun and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
Andrea S
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Cambridge
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Vernon BC
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I take 24 Canadian students to Panama Each year - I have watched the biomuseo being built for 6 years - waiting to take students in. I was SO disappointed with the quantity of displays and learning opps. It is not close to being finished - it is open, but incomplete and not worth the cost of admission. The Frank... More 

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Cambridge
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25 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This is a fabulous museum, beautiful both inside and out, with gorgeous views of Panama City. The exhibits are excellent, with many of them interactive. They are really fun and they actually work. I learned a lot about the geology of Panama, how it affected the weather in the world, and the flora and fauna.....also it's people and development. Definitely... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

The location is perfect, the building is well designed but there is need for more exhibits. I would advice everyone to pay a visit, but there will no be need for a second one.

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Montreal
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015 via mobile

While the exterior and grounds are impressive, the $22 per person price of admission gains you access only to some mostly empty rooms and replica artifacts. I would wait until the museum is truly completed to bother paying the entry fee. No Cafe, and not even a bottle of water for sale at this somewhat remote site. The grounds are... More 

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Fonthill, Ontario, Canada
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89 reviews 89 reviews
22 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

From the reviews I read, I can see the disappointment when you pay $22 US. We were lucky as retired residents to only paid $6 each. The building is different and worth visiting. We learned a lot about the bio diversity of Panama and enjoyed are time there. It was worth it for us and a very knowledgeable experience.

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illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We go to Panama City every year to visit family and have been watching the construction of this museum. We are so glad to see it finally open. We took our 18month old grandson and we all enjoyed it. We learned much about the geological formation of Panama and all of the wildlife there. We watched an excellent video of... More 

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Florianopolis, SC
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

All persons visiting the Panama City should visit the BioMuseo. It's an incredible experience with lots of information, animations and spaces with much knowledge about the geological formation of Central America and how it impacted globally on biodiversity. The ticket for the complete tour is a bit expensive, but worth it! The highlight is watching the video in Panamarama in... More 

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London, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

We were lured by the impressive, colourful exterior but were underwhelmed by the content inside. Expected something better for the ridiculously high admission cost ($22 US). The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, just a short walk further along the causeway was more interesting and a much better value ($5 US).

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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64 reviews 64 reviews
20 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

You will NOT get your money's worth. The price is way too HIGH. Like many places in Panama, the BioMuseo over-charges tourists. If you are a foreign tourist, the BioMuseo will charge you nearly twice their normal adult rate. I understand: People travel high way around the world to see the Panama Canal. So, going that far, they most definitely... More 

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Bloomington, Illinois
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51 reviews 51 reviews
4 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This was an eye opening experience. If you a unsure about the negative effect we humans are having on our environment and other species then this is a MUST. Presented factually and scientifically. Situated in a beautiful spot on Amador Causeway.

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