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Panama Interoceanic Canal Museum

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Address: Av Central - Plaza de la independencia, Panama City 0816-06779 , Panama
Phone Number: +507 211-1649
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Opened in 1997, this history museum chronicles the planning, construction...

Opened in 1997, this history museum chronicles the planning, construction and present-day operation of Panama's landmark canal.

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Surprisingly interesting

I wound up spending a lot more time here than I'd expected. The museum has sort of a History section, a Politics section, Engineering sections, and more. The Canal -- broadly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Houston, Texas
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163 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I wound up spending a lot more time here than I'd expected. The museum has sort of a History section, a Politics section, Engineering sections, and more. The Canal -- broadly defined -- is surely the most interesting thing about Panama, and this museum does a good job telling its story. Caveat: Much of the presentation is in Spanish.

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Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Exceeded our expectations. The viewing decks are great, the 100 plus years of history amazing. Be sure to take the helm in the simulator!

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Princeton, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The museum was very interesting to visit and is definitely fantastic for young children...you will not regret taking the trip over!

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Algonac, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very interesting learning about the canal there were a lot of photos and history and floors of the museum

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The reviews here confuse two different museums! Some are about the museum at the Miraflores locks whereas others review the museum in Casco Viejo which also covers canal history. The address given is for the latter. We found both to be good. The one at the locks is the more fun place and better suited for children with its simulations... More 

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Norwich
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We are glad we chose to visit the Canal Museum before taking a canal transit by boat. This lovely building in the centre of Casco Viejo has a fascinating history itself, having been used by the French for the original canal administration before they abandoned the project. There is so much history here that it is difficult to take it... More 

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Port Moody, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We spent about 45 minutes at this museum. We rented the English version headset and shared it. The total cost was $7.00 for both of us. This was a great way to understand the history of the building of the Panama Canal and worth every penny and minute of your time! Go here first then head off in a taxi... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very thorough history of canal and Panama in general. Worth about an hour visit. It is only $2/pp. Do it after you walk around a while as a good way to cool down.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is packed full of great historic information. It would take a whole day to really invest in learning about everything that the museum is offering. Great $2 dollars spent!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very well done. Loads of information, interactive displays. The ship wheel house was very well done. Kids and adults would enjoy the displays.

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