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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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Description: 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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a good review of the history of panama and the canal

If one is interested in the country of Panama, the history of its relation to the US, and the struggles to build the canal, this shares many interesting details

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
jean c
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Salem, Oregon
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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

If one is interested in the country of Panama, the history of its relation to the US, and the struggles to build the canal, this shares many interesting details

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Rohnert Park, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

If you don't read Spanish, head to the top floor, the old photos displayed there will give you a real sense of the history, much more than the facts. It is worth the time.

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chertsey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Do not miss. Great value for great exhibits from reality ride to lovely models of ships. Kids would love it. Nice 15 minute film as well.

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Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

A great museum on the canal, but focused mostly on the American efforts. Not much on the French efforts beforehand. Very interesting. It would be nice if there were a register of people that worked on the canal as my wife's grand father and great uncle were here working in some capacity

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

For history buffs, this is the best place to get the deep dive about the Canal. Lots of black and white photos and the full story about its development.

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If you like history and would like to be part of it, now is the moment. Besides it should be one of the marvels of the modern world, the Panama Canal is going under some expansion process and you will have something to tell your grandchildren about. You can see the ships passing and the exhibitions are very interesting too.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

Funny, a lot of history and ideas together. It is a must if you visit the republic of Panama. The view is amazing, the ships, the opening of the locks and all the engineering is interesting

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Heidelberg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Very attractive Building near the first weir at Panama City. Wonderful explanations either by movies or description and show cases

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Chico, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

No doubt about it, the history here was amazing, we learned more about how it was made. This is an automatic visit if you are at the Canal

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Cartago, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

I did some reading about the Canal before the trip so it helped me with understanding the history and the exhibits. I really think that reading and some research helps enjoy the museum

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