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BioMuseo

Address: Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), Panama City, Panama
Phone Number: +507 830-6700
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Ranked #32 of 59 Attractions in Panama City
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the Biomuseo is his...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: 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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2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

This is basically a wow-inducing piece of architecture devoted to Frank Gehry's ego, with a little bit of a "museum" thrown in as an afterthought. There was really only one exhibit, which showed a bit about panama's native species, geological history, and archeological history. This is shown mostly through stylized diagrams and drawings. Even the centerpiece - a model of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

This is going to be an outstanding museum some day. Right now, I agree that the $24 fee for non-residents is really too high for the exhibits that are open. That said, this is definitely worth a visit if you're in town as a tourist, even at that price. There are 3 parts to the visit right now, and 3... More 

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yanbu
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3 reviews 3 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 via mobile

I was disappointed. The museum is not completely finished inside. Some of the galleries still need to be built and decorated. Still working in the aquarium. The botanic garden was not impressive at all. Probably after they finish the museum will be worth $22.

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Panama Cit,y, Panama
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10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Having just recently opened a few months ago and with a long running project plan that spanned more than 10 years this is an architectural gem that will impress serious museums lovers that are able to see past the work in progress in the landscaping gardens and some of the exhibitions. The Panaorama stage where Panama unique ecosystem is showcased... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Museum is located in Amador. Location is outstanding with nice views of the city and the Panama Canal bridge. Entrance fee is $20+. What you get for that is an audio tour of the exhibits (largely photographs). This museum is work in progress and will hopefully live up to the expectation and the stiff fee.

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I really wanted to like this place. $22 admission for a partially done museum with really one completed gallery seems extreme. The gallery and the 6 minute Panama film was very cool. The staff is attentive - and my goodness there is a lot of them! Many more staff than visitors. The building is beautiful. Worth going? I hate to... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

This is a new attraction in Panama City and we were attracted to it because of the architecture. It was designed by Frank Gehry. It took a long time to build and it is actually not yet 100% done. Parking is a little bit off to the side with a walkway but not covered so bring a jacket or umbrella... More 

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Potrerillos Arriba, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We went to check out the Bio Museo today. It was very impressive. After living in Panama almost eight years I learned some very interesting information about this country that I had never been aware of before. The galleries were well presented in a multi-media approach. In every gallery there was a docent who spoke fluent English and was extremely... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

The BioMuseo, designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, is another must see building work-of-art! I would like to know who designed it by Mr. Gehry's staff. And I would like to be there in a rain storm, to experience how it keeps the rain out!! Beautiful color selection. NB: The museum is Soft (partially) open. Great location. Very good restaurant... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This is Panama's newest attraction and I was impressed by the staff knowledge, overall appearance, cleanliness and content of the unfinished museum. The cashier area does not have a Tripadvisor sticker, but this is not a deal breaker but I would think that this establishment wants to garner as many reviews as humanly possible. Coming from Chicago I would say... More 

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