Museo del Canal Interoceánico de Panamá

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Museo del Canal Interoceánico de Panamá

Museo del Canal Interoceánico de Panamá
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Opened in 1997, this history museum chronicles the planning, construction and present-day operation of Panama's landmark canal.
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wasklywabbit
Nanaimo32 contributions
Really nice museum
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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elnjhall
Boise, ID3 contributions
THE Museum to Visit if You’re Interested in Canal History
Nov 2021
This is a fabulous museum, with everything about the canal — history of building schemes, failures and successes along the way, the men and women who made it happen, how it operates now, everything! Lots of old pictures, magazine and newspaper articles, documents, etc. There are also special exhibits about the application of Jim Crow laws from the US during construction and the role of women in resolving issues from medical to housing to worker retention. Also a great separate exhibit about clean water and ways to manage land use and trees to promote clean water. We spent 2 hours here and would go back if we could. Most exhibits in English and Spanish.
Written November 24, 2021
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Jamie M
Stuart, FL6 contributions
Great Musuem!
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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Amilcar G
Washington DC, DC403 contributions
Worth it
Amazing experience. We throughly enjoyed our visit as we got to learn about the history of the canal. We highly recommend this on your visit to Panama City.
Written July 5, 2021
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Starnurse2
Crowthorne, UK660 contributions
Nice museum, not much in English
Feb 2020
Situated in the lovely old town, this museum is interesting. Sadly much of it was only in Spanish. Still worth a visit.
Written March 15, 2020
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twoGeminis
Toronto24 contributions
Bit of a disappointment
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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phutty
Tallinn, Estonia1,251 contributions
More info than expected, but brush up on your Spanish first
Feb 2020
This surprisingly detailed exhibition covers not just the construction of the canal itself but also the historical, social and to some extent scientific context of the project. Most of the displays are labelled solely in Spanish, but there are English summaries dotted around; albeit less so on the upper floor than the one below it. Still, there's plenty to absorb either way, and we spent an enjoyable and enlightening hour-and-a-half here. It's also a good introduction to a trip out to the Miraflores locks, and cheaper than the Visitors Centre there, too.

A personal highlight of the exhibition for me was a 17th-century book with the snappy title "Bucaniers of America: Or, a True Account of the Most Remarkable Assaults Committed of late Years upon the Coasts of The West Indies, By the Bucaniers of Jamaica and Tortuga, Both English and French. Wherein are contained more especially, The unparallel'd Exploits of Sir Henry Morgan, our English Jamaican Hero, who Sack'd Puerto Velo, burnt Panama, &c." :D
Written February 26, 2020
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Stephen S
London65 contributions
A Fine Museum
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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Jeff B
Calgary, Canada4 contributions
Tons of information, exhibits and photos with historical references.
Feb 2020
Aboiut a 2 hour visit, located in the heart of the old city, Casco Viejo, so there's lots more to see and do.
Definitely a prerequisite to get full value and enjoyment from a canal transit tour, which we did the next day.
Also presents the Panamanian viewpoint on their struggle for sovereignty over the canal zone.
Written February 16, 2020
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Craig_Tapper
Sydney, Australia806 contributions
Unless you read fluently in Spanish - it's rather limited
Feb 2020
The displays seemed fine but with few exceptions had extensive explanations in Spanish and limited and often poor translations to English (and in some cases no translations at all) - which made it hard for those of us who were not fluent in Spanish language to understand and appreciate the story they were trying to communicate.
Written February 14, 2020
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