The Biomuseo (Biodiversity Museum) is a new museum located in the Amador Causeway, at the Pacific Ocean entrance of the Panama Canal, in one of the nicest parts of the city. The building was designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. Although the Biomuseo is not yet open, staff and volunteers have begun to offer seminars about the museum galleries and exhibits, and about the building itself. The one we heard was offered in English by Ramona and her husband (whose name escapes me), and it was very informative and interesting. The seminars are offered in the former Officers Club right next to the Museum, where you can see the first drawings done by Gehry conceptualizing the museum, as well as scale models and concepts of some of the exhibit halls. Afterwards, they will walk you outside along a very nice promenade to appreciate the exterior of the Biomuseo. I believe that some seminars are actually offered inside the Museum, as well as other programs. For programs and schedules, check the Biomuseo web site. You can sign up online, or call and sign up.
This is definitely a culturally and educationally enriching experience, and you also get to enjoin the view at the entrance to the Canal and the Bridge of the Americas. You can also walk to a nearby restaurant (which appeared to be very popular) or take a yellow taxi (which is safe to do so in Panama City) to another restaurant or cafe along the Causeway, and sit outdoors and enjoy the breeze and the view, which is what we did. I also heard that you can rent bikes (some for four people!) near the museum, but we did not do this. We did see people in these bikes.
This outing made for a very pleasant afternoon for us in Ciudad de Panama.
They charge a modest fee for the programs, which is indicated in the web site.
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