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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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We loved this museum and the film. Then we watched the boats pass. Very informational. They had model boats and history of the canal.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We loved this museum and the film. Then we watched the boats pass. Very informational. They had model boats and history of the canal.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This is a nice museum in the center of Panama's old town. The text is only in Spanish but audio tours are available in other languages. Warning: the museum is freezing so bring a sweater. But over all it is very informative. That said, the museum at the Miraflores locks is far better (if you're willing to pay $15 for... More 

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Audubon, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

There is a newer museum and visitor center at Miraflores Locks to see, but this museum has some really neat displays and historic information that is not included in the newer museum. We enjoyed the displays here and the staff was very nice, but as English speakers we were at a disadvantage. I suggest you get the English guide or... More 

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North Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Everything here was very well done. What I loved the most was being able to look up my great-grandfather's name here as he helped build it!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The history of the canal is here in living color. A must when you visit the canal. One of the 8 wonders of the world and has been for 115 years. Great fun time.

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Memphis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Since we had cruised the canal, we decided to visit this museum rather than the newer one at Miraflores Locks Visitor Center. We were not disappointed. It was filled with history and information about the canal. All displays are in Spanish, so if you are not fluent, spend the extra dollars for the audio guide. In the central plaza of... More 

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Oakland, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We didn't go into the museum proper (my rating might have been much higher had we done so) because it was getting late and the fee of $5 for the amount of time we had left wasn't worth it. It's a good idea to allow a couple of hours according to the ticket seller. However, the building itself is magnificent... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

The museum is nicely turned out and modern enough to support the type of audio guide necessary to decipher the full Spanish translation on the walls. Anyone with an interest in what a huge engineering exercise the canal was and is should not miss this display.

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Los Angeles, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Nicely designed, modern and fun. Not a boring museum! I feared that canal musuem would be boring since I have no interest in Canal but I loved the layout, design and the content!

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Irvine, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Loved this museum. All in Spanish but as I had read a bit about the canal (Hell's Gorge by Mathew Parker) it was easy enough to follow the information. You can get an audio guide in English. The photographs on the top floor really bring the story to life. Admission is only around 5 dollars and well worth it.

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