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BioMuseo

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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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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... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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London, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

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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20 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

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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4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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Panama City, Panama
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Finally open after much delay, this Frank Gehry designed museum will be great for tourists and Panamanians. The biodiversity of the Panamanian isthmus is examined from several scientific viewpoints and is well worth reading every word on every exhibit. Brief video is quite good introduction. Many interactive displays with more to come when the aquarium side opens (perhaps as much... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This newish museum is privately funded and explains the scientific theory that the isthmus of Panama changed the world in a way that led to human life. The exterior is as impressive as the interior. The views of the Canal are also great from this locatioin.

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Pisgah Forest, North Carolina, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

This quirky, colorful facility designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry houses many interesting exhibits, lots of historical information about Panama. We especially enjoyed the video presentation where there were video screens on all sides, overhead, and even under our feet (glass floor). Really cool. Even better, there will be aquariums there in the future, so we'll return. Beautiful mountain, ocean,... More 

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Chino Valley, Arizona
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

For the cost $22 there is not that much to see here. They give you a handheld phone that you type in a number and it will describe what you are looking at. The building is very interesting on how it is made. The second building you go into is almost empty. The exhibit of animals are just white in... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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30 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Beautiful building and well kept grounds. Located on the causeway so also nice place to take a long walk along the water. Contents not that exciting. Second phase of interior not yet finished.

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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

The museum is really beautifully built..Frank Ghery out did himself this time. The painted exterior panels are painted in bright colours that refract light on the interior- creating the most amazing effects forever changing. The Snack bar is not open so be sure to eat first. Expected to open in debut December 2015

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Margot L, Guest Relations Manager at BioMuseo, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind words Kimmy. I have good news for you. Our cafe will be open in March of 2015. Hope you can come back and visit. More 

Nashville, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Although the best way to experience the diversity of Panama is to travel around and meet people and see the wildlife, the BioMuseo is the next best thing. The displays are first rate, and the audio tour is informative and thorough (and can be had in English). This museum provides a comprehensive look at the biological and anthropological diversity of... More 

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