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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 58 attractions in Panama City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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São Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Very a well structured place for tourists. It´s easy to be found and it´s not expensive. It offers parking space as well and you can go there using the Hop in Hop off buses.

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

They have a great collection of artifacts and lots of interesting information for its visitors. I didn't have a guide or any audio, because I could just read everything in Spanish, so I can't comment on anything but museum content. The layout is good--you move from room to room easily. I loved all the early discovery and cartography exhibits. You... More

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Pompano Beach, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This is probably the second most visited Museum in Panama after the location at Miraflores locks. The museum tour takes you from the pre-Colombian Panama through the beginnings of Panama's importance as a trade route up right to the importance a strategic military and economic canal to the modern era as the one of the most important canals of the... More

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Redondo Beach, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

An Awesome and Interesting experience!!! My Friend Mario was instrumental in explaining everything and making sense of it all.

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Penonome, Panama
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The place gets packed! And like any other crowd, its crowded. BUT, you can find your own little way around and certainly this is not to be missed, history buff or not. I thought I knew about the canal, but this was very much worth the time to go see. I think its 15 a head to get in, but... More

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Boquete, Panama
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Although interesting, I was expecting more of an overview of the canal's history rather than an entire encyclopedia on the topic. Of course, there were many interesting relics but sifting through the overwhelming amount of information to get to the most important facts was a little tiresome.

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Fairfield, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

it's really a cool place to learn more of the history of Panama except that not a lot of visitors know of its' existence.it's deep within Casco Viejo which again is a must see in Panama

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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

its show you the hestory with pictures of the people from diffrent countrys and what they bring with them to this city

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Doha, Qatar
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68 reviews 68 reviews
19 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

The audio guide is $5 and we'll worth it as it also covers admission. All of the museum's signage is in Spanish, so you really need the guide. The museum photos, video clips, and displays are nicely done. It gives you a comprehensive history of the making of the canal, from the French involvement to the American military completion in... More

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Whitetop, Virginia
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98 reviews 98 reviews
7 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We really enjoyed our 2 hours in the museum. Our cost was $2.00/person and headsets that provided English for the 2nd floor area (at an additional $5.00/person. If you don't speak Spanish and want to get much more for your money, get the headset). We got a very good idea of the history of the canal and the varying political,... More

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