Biomuseo

Biomuseo, Panama City: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Biomuseo Reviews: 4.5/5

Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the Biomuseo is his only work in Latin America and the tropics. The building was designed to tell the story of how the isthmus of Panama rose from the sea, uniting two continents, separating a vast ocean in two, and changing the planet's biodiversity forever.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Hailstorm12
Panama City, Panama35 contributions
Enjoyable, combine with Amador walk
The museum is interactive—very modern displays, a movie that you see beneath your feet/above/on the side, excellent guides. But you don’t “see” much of actual artifacts. It’s more reading and pictures—as the title of the museum says, it’s a museum about biodiversity. The gardens are lovely. I would plan on 1-1 1/2 hours. After, you can walk the Amador Causeway-breathtaking views, some fun shops, right on the ocean. Doing only the museum is not enough for a full day outing.
Written July 14, 2021
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Thsalco
Mexico City, Mexico16 contributions
Very good movie
Mar 2020
From the outside it is a monument of all colors, inside we watched a very good film, broadcast on the ceiling on the walls and on the floors, very interesting,
Written May 23, 2020
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Andrea C
1 contribution
Where are the CATS you use to have there?
May 2020 • Friends
Where are the CATS you use to have there? What have you done with them? they were always there and now disappeared...?!?....
Written May 21, 2020
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Tualie
Varese, Italy1,132 contributions
Depends the interest of the visitor...
Jul 2019
Remember when opened some years ago, I refused to go because found it excessively expensive the fee of over $25,00 for an adult (almost the same cost for museums in Europe and much more extensive) but now after a few years and out with some friends saying that they dropped the entry costs, we decided have a go, OK let’s contribute to the local economy. But still I think that “discriminating” entry fees for foreigners and locals is not a thing to do if the country “wannabe” at the level of a 1st world nation.

The colourful structure is eye-catching, better from a distance but under the roof, looking at all those concrete and steel (modern jungle resemblance?) well, they will have to keep a close maintenance program because here metals get oxidized pretty fast and some humidity stains are already in some areas...

If have little time (and not into science/history) better don’t go, stay outside, have a picture of this architectural marvel and leave…. If have time and into science/history OK… at the beginning when saw those (probably life size) white plastic animal sculptures I said to myself oh no plastic, but those are depictions of extincted fauna that probably crossed the isthmus… prepare to read, read and read (because lots of information boards), it’s interesting but as wrote at the beginning, depends the visitor…

The flora area outside is nice (direct interaction is always better) small; the aquarium is just OK (can’t be compare to the Georgia or the European ones).

This building is now iconic among others works representing Panama (F&F tower, the Cathedral and the tower of Old Panama because of its historical importance, BBVA now stayed small)
Written May 17, 2020
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Craig A
South Carolina739 contributions
Bite-Sized Look At The Amazing Bio-Diversity Of Panama
Feb 2020
The architecture its as interesting as the museum itself. Maybe more so. Frank Gehry, world renowned architect, designed a gem which conveys many images of plants and rainforest canopies. It's worth spending time just looking up as you tour the facility.

To be honest - I thought the exhibits inside were under-done. There's just not that much to see. Not sure why because this area is believed to be one of the most bio-diverse on the planet...so there's no shortage of scientific information to impart to visitors. The exhibits miss the mark in my view.

Nonetheless - I would recommend the museum as a worthwhile way to spend two hours.
Written March 21, 2020
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Craig A
South Carolina739 contributions
Bite-Sized Look At The Amazing Bio-Diversity Of Panama
Feb 2020
The architecture its as interesting as the museum itself. Maybe more so. Frank Gehry, world renowned architect, designed a gem which conveys many images of plants and rainforest canopies. It's worth spending time just looking up as you tour the facility.

To be honest - I thought the exhibits inside were under-done. There's just not that much to see. Not sure why because this area is believed to be one of the most bio-diverse on the planet...so there's no shortage of scientific information to impart to visitors. The exhibits miss the mark in my view.

Nonetheless - I would recommend the museum as a worthwhile way to spend two hours.
Written March 19, 2020
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Lynette51
Santa Barbara, CA997 contributions
Very unique museum designed by Architect Frank Gehry
Feb 2020
First off the architecture is very unique with it's vibrant color on the outside. This building stands out automatically and catches your eye and makes you want to find out what this is about. The museum is broken into many different facets. It tells the history of Panama, how animals came about to this country, the changing of the continents. There is a separate section which is the aquarium. Not large just one big room with different exhibits. The is another room with interactive exhibits which appeals to both young and old. At the end there is a gift shop with a store to buy coffee either freshly brewed or grounds to take. Very interesting and recommend you take the time to visit.
Written March 17, 2020
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twoGeminis
Toronto24 contributions
Biomuseo should not be missed
Mar 2020
If you're interested in learning about Panama, this is the place to go. We loved it. The exhibits and the tour guides are phenomenal. Our 4 hours there was barely enough. The Panama Canal tour and the Bio Museo should be your top 2 things to do in Panama City. You won't be disappointed.
Written March 12, 2020
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Tony B
Glasgow, UK395 contributions
Inspiring
Mar 2020 • Friends
We all thought this museum was something special starting off with an extraordinary building designed by the Frank Gehry and which worked really well even to the extent of providing a welcome breeze when leaving the building. The exposition on the creation of the isthmus of Panama was clear and interactive so you could learn as much as you wanted. The theme of biodiversity was uniquely illustrated by the chance to lie flat out on a glass floor with the sea beneath and the sky above - totally immersive. We were blown away by the new in the last ten months of two huge three floor high aquariums containing on one side Caribbean fish and on the other Pacific species. Also wonderful was the smaller tank of live corals, Good coffee in the cafe. A lovely garden outside and views of distant giant cruise ships wallowing out at sea,
Written March 10, 2020
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Bill B
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Amador
Sep 2019
Took my brother and his family to see the Panama Canal. We stopped to visit the Biomueso as part of our enjoyable time seeing Amador and Casco Viego.
Written March 10, 2020
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Biomuseo is open:
  • Tue - Fri 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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