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Panama Interoceanic Canal Museum

Av Central - Plaza de la independencia, Panama City 0816-06779 , Panama
+507 211-1649
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Ranked #6 of 62 Attractions in Panama City
Type: History Museums
Description: Opened in 1997, this history museum chronicles the planning, construction and present-day operation of Panama's landmark canal.
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San Francisco, California
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145 reviews 145 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

I really enjoyed this. Great building (old hotel), if you are an English speaker you need to get the audio tour as everything is in Spanish only. It was a great review of the history of the canal and I learned a lot. I felt the information was not biased and told the full story. Well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The Canal's history is amazing. Even after reading David McCullough's "Path Between the Seas"; the museum has well presented exhibits and artifacts. The museum is free. Virtually all information is in Spanish but a portable audio device is available for the english language summary of most exhibits. The only downside of the place are the staff who haunt the place... More

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Panama City, Panama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

You will expirience an interactive activity, depending on the show room or hall... Far out, right on the coast way, near restaurants, the marina, bikes for rent, among other amenities like a club square, you won't need to leave the immidiate area to do what you may like the most.

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Munich, Germany
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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

very informative, never boring, giving all aspects (poitical, technical, economical, social,...) information about the buliding and working phase of the canal. negative: you need a day or so if you like to get throu.

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Palmdale, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

A must to see the historical picture of the how and why's of the Panama Canal Transit. It is the 100th anniversary, so a must when in Panama.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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203 helpful votes 203 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Although this museum is related to the Panama Canal history, it has a wonderful collection far beyond. The museum offers an interesting perspective of the life style during the time of the construction of the Canal, much more about the history during the struggle from Panama to get proper payment for land claimed to build the Canal, a more equal... More

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St. Asaph, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This museum should not be missed during a visit to Panama City. A highlight is seeing the restored Panama flag that was badly damaged during the student uprising to give the control of the Canal to Panama from the USA. The video explaining the restoration of the flag is engrossing.

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Medford, Oregon
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Thought we would hear about its building, but it was all about the socio-economics and in Spanish to boot - need English captions to capture the English-speaking audience.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

This museum has been well designed with impressive displays. Unfortunately there is no information in English, but given it only costs 75 cents to go in it's still worth a visit. Even with basic Spanish you still get a pretty good idea of the displays.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

The full background of the canal, the saga of its making, its role in the birth of Panama as a nation, and importance to the world's modern economy and trade are all treated. This year being the 500th anniversary of the "South Seas" meaning the Pacific Ocean, by the European, namely Vasco Nunez de Gama, there is a fascinating major... More

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