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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 #8 of 55 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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Orlando, Florida
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68 reviews 68 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

This was a great little museum. It's entirely in Spanish. Give yourself and hour and a half and get the English headsets. It's worth the extra fee. Unlike Miraflores Visitor's Center, this museum, in the best part of town, Casco Antigua, gives you the history, politics and culture surrounding the Panama Canal. Make sure you visit Plaza Bolivar before or... More

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Lake Linden, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Fun, and informative. Definitely see the video they show. It is a goof thing to do, try to see all 4 floors.

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Bogotá
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

The museum has 5 floors. It costs 15usd to enter. In the first floor you watch a 10 minutes 3d movie, then on each floor you can see how it was built. . There nice small scale special ships that were used. A flor has aquariums. The are also restaurants. A simulator where you take control on the canal esclusas.... More

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Estherville, Iowa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

I wasn't prepared to be so awestruck by the canal trip. As you watch the ships going through and think about the number of containers traveling through the canal each day it is mind boggling.

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Indiana, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

The museum is in a very elegant building. It is very helpful to have an audio tour if you don't read Spanish. Nice collection of canal memorabilia.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

We really enjoyed the story of how the United States took over from the French to build the canal and the early struggles with bureaucracy to get it done. We then further enjoyed learning about the troubled times in the 60's and how the Carter-Torrijos Treaty came to be. Essential background info to then visit the Canal Visitor Center, the... More

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San Francisco, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
31 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Located in an old hotel on the Plaza Independencia, this museum is a good complement to the more technically focused Miraflores museum. It has good deal of material on the French attempt to build the canal and the culture that grew around around the canal.

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Stow
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

In the old part of Panama (Casco Viejo) this museum is in a beautifully restored building. For those who can't get enough information on the Canal, this is delightful with very few visitors. You will have this wonderful place all to yourselves.

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Tampa, Florida
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52 reviews 52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Nicely done but only 1 level has the english "walk alongs". Recommend if there for 4+ days. Is in old town so good location.

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San Diego, California
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5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

We thought the highlight of our visit to Panama City would probably be this museum,and we were not disappointed. My husband and I spent about two hours there learning about the construction of the Canal and the history of the relationship between the United States and Panama until the handover of complete control of the Canal. The exhibitions are varied... More

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