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Afro-Antillian Museum (Museo Afro Antillano de Panama )

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Address: Calle 24 y Avenida Justo Arosemena | Barrio de Calidonia, Panama City, Panama
Phone Number: (507) 262-5348
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Tue - Sat 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Open Tuesday-Sunday, this museum pays tribute to the 30,000-plus black...
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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The West Indian contribution to Panama's prosperity

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
Caroline P
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Martinique
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Martinique
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64 reviews 64 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 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 that they faced in Panama. An invaluable stop for history lovers in order to get... More 

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St. Gallen, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 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 you for free. We gave him a tip. The entrance fee is very cheap, 1... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 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 place to visit anyhow!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013 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 ??

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 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. I am not sure what or if any scholarship is associated with this museum. However,... More 

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Chame, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 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 brought to the Afro-Antillano Museum also enjoyed it tremendously. Quite a learning experience. The Museum... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

The museum is a small one - housed in a former church where there was a primarily West Indian congregation. There are several framed photos of the workers - my favourite was an actual employment contract between a Barbadian worker and the Canal employers. Statistics of workers from many islands and countries are posted. The difference in wages between black... More 

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