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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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Learn the history of the canal

You need to visit this museum to get an understanding of the construction and the history of the canal. It has historic artifacts and pictures detailing the trails and struggles... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

You need to visit this museum to get an understanding of the construction and the history of the canal. It has historic artifacts and pictures detailing the trails and struggles of a nation/workers in this great construction project. Then go to the observation deck and watch a ship pass through the lock in front of the museum.

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Aliso Viejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015 via mobile

A lot of cool exhibits here and definitely worth checking out, it's amazing what man's sheer determination in the face of unsurmountable odds can achieve. Right in the heart of the old city Casco Viejo and not to expensive!

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Fort Collins, CO
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This museum has some very nice exhibits on the history of Panama and the canal. If you only speak English and don't read or speak Spanish, the audio guide ($5 each) is essential. The second floor of the museum covers the US-Panama relationship in the 95 years leading up to the return of the canal to Panama in 1999 and... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I like the movie showing the main steps to build the Canal and all the exhibits of tools, supplies, and machines utilized in such a magnificent engineering successful project. plus it exhibits many animals of the local fauna.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We found this museum to be scattered with information that could have been better organized. The main portion of the museum is only available in Spanish (fine for me, but boring for my girlfriend). Overall, we were a bit disappointed with this museum. The canal museum at the locks is excellent - I'd highly recommend that one.

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South East London
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We visited this museum really hoping to get some detail about how the canal developed. Firstly, nothing was in English so we rented some guide machines. The history of Panama was not covered by these at all and the machines were very frustrating to use. The information was scant and left you wondering what else was on display that you... More 

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Nieuw Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

very well organized the visual information but the problem is with the language, most of it in Spanish

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Gives one a great idea of what it took to build the Canal. Good photos and stories. Get audio to help you through all the phases of the build. Nicely done.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Most of the exhibit captions and explanations were in Spanish, but the information on the Canal's history and building was extensively presented in photos and videos that provided a high level of understanding even to us English speakers.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

It is a very interesting, historical exhibition in a beautifull building. But none of it is in English. I think that is a huge mistake, that makes everything much harder to follow

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