Museo del Canal
Museo del Canal
4.5
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Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Museo del Canal is a non-profit institution at the service of society, which rescues and promotes the historical memory of Panama and its Canal, being a platform for art and culture in all its expressions. We create memorable experiences that exalt Panama's heritage, promote diversity and sustainability, and encourage learning, research, enjoyment, reflection, and cultural enrichment.
Panama City, Panama

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Travelers' Choice
2023

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Vivian H
22 contributions
Jan 2020
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our time spent in this museum the day before we visited the Agua Clara locks. While my husband doesn't speak Spanish I do so we managed just fine through all of the exhibits. On the first floor there is a decent amount of signage in English. The building itself is beautiful as well with old herringbone-wood floors and high ceilings. Our time there really informed our visit to the locks and later in our trip our visit to MAC Panama (the contemporary art museum). It was good to do early in our visit.
Written February 3, 2020
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Stephen S
London65 contributions
Feb 2020
The Panama Canal is what made Panama, and one of the main reasons that people visit the country is to see it and maybe transit it, so it's a good idea to come to this museum to find out more about it.

The museum is in an historic building, created as a hotel, then used as offices of the French company that attempted to build a canal in the 19th century, so an exhibit itself.

The museum is well laid out and details the history of the route across the Panama Isthmus from early times, the schemes to build a canal as well as the actual construction and the modernisation of the canal.

Most of the exhibits have full explanations in Spanish with summaries in English which give the general sense, but even a little knowledge of Spanish is useful here.

This was the one place in Panama that offered a Seniors discount without being asked. Other places like Panama Viejo don't.
Written February 17, 2020
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Elisha S
Eugene, OR13 contributions
Feb 2022
I learned a lot about the various attempts to build a canal and saw lots of photos and artifacts. Most of the displays had signage Spanish and English, but a few did not. An audio tour device was available for $1 - well worth it to avoid translation issues. This was not the most dramatic place to visit, but the historical and economic impact of the Canal makes a greater appreciation of how it came to be a good background for further explorations of Panama City and the rest of the country. Photography allowed.
Written March 9, 2022
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twoGeminis
Toronto25 contributions
Mar 2020
The building itself is of historical significance but unfortunately the Museo could be improved. We don't speak or read Spanish so it wasn't very accommodating for us. While the exhibits, artifacts, documents and photos of the history of the Canal are very interesting, only the main floor has some translations in English. The second floor descriptors are all in Spanish.
Written March 12, 2020
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William F
Denver, CO653 contributions
Nov 2022
Went here in November 2022. The museum is right on Plaza Mayor. I came into the museum not knowing that much about the canal and the building of it as well as the history. I left knowing a lot more. The presentations were comprehensive from the construction, to the treatment of the workers, to the relationship with the US. I highly recommend coming for an hour or two, very well presented in both Spanish and English.
Written December 4, 2022
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Shanelle
Santa Monica, CA2,793 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
Came here for about three hours to spend time in an air conditioned space during a hot Saturday afternoon. It’s $20 for non-residents and a student discount is offered if you have ID. Credit cards and cash accepted. They do allow backpacks and drinks inside. Bathrooms are located on the first level and were very clean. The exhibits went very in-depth into the history of the canal and there was another exhibit about the biodiversity on one of Panama’s islands and another on Panamanian history. There were some English descriptions but it was mainly in Spanish. It was an interesting space to be in and you learn a lot about history while you’re there. No need to buy tickets ahead of time; there was no line and the process of going through a brief security check and buying the tickets was smooth.
Written February 4, 2024
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wasklywabbit
Nanaimo42 contributions
Nov 2021
I visited on a Wednesday and had the place almost to myself. Their website was very confusing and said that reservations were necessary but all available were booked up. So I decided just to show up. Not a huge museum but I thought that it gave a lot of information regarding construction and the lifestyle at the time. Senior rate if over 60. No guide needed and most of the displays were both in Spanish first and then English. A good hour depending on how much you read. Masks must be worn.
Written December 1, 2021
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Experience178535
6 contributions
May 2022
The vast majority of the exhibits did not have English signage. This is fine as Panama is a Spanish-speaking country - but I wish someone would have told us before we spent the $20 admission fee. I am sure that the history was fascinating, but we could not read any of it.
Written May 24, 2022
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Panthera2013
London, UK99 contributions
Sep 2022
We absolutely loved our visit to this museum. It is very well curated and maintained. If you are a pensioner, carry your passport or id and get a discount on the entrance ticket. The museum tells you the history of Panama and the plan for the canal from the 17th century to when it got built...... it is incredibly fascinating.
Written September 27, 2022
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Jamie M
Stuart, FL8 contributions
Sep 2021
I went in September 2021. This was a great museum with interesting exhibits. The exhibit explanations mostly are in Spanish and English. The English version is "abridged", as my Spanish speaking friend pointed out, so you will learn more if you can read the Spanish. The price was $15 for me. It would have been $5 if I was Panamanian.
Written October 4, 2021
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