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Panama Interoceanic Canal Museum

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Address: Av Central - Plaza de la independencia, Panama City 0816, Panama
Phone Number: +507 211-1649
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Tue - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Great way to learn about the Canal!

This was popular, so crowded, but worth the effort. Learned a lot about the canal and the simulation video was great to get a feel for what it's like to go thru the locks.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Sunset Beach, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was popular, so crowded, but worth the effort. Learned a lot about the canal and the simulation video was great to get a feel for what it's like to go thru the locks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were amazed at how much history can be learned in such a short amount of time. The exhibits were fascinating and the videos and pictures were amazing. Excellent place!

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an EXCELLENT museum about the Panama Canal which is located in the historic section called Casco Viejo. It has 4 floors filled with everything about the Panama Canal from the French construction attempt, the construction by the United States, and the eventual transfer to Panamanian control, as well as tons of artifacts and original, old photographs and books.... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum shows the full history of the Panama channel, including lots of pictures, maps, etc. making it easy to gain a feeling of the immense work required to create the channel. Some information is available in English, but most is in Spanish. Overall definitively worthwhile to visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

English speakers should get the English-language headset, as most of the explanations of exhibits are in Spanish. A very well-assembled collection of artifacts, photos and films that explain the history of Panama from the pre-Columbian era to the present, with most focus on the American-built canal and its legacy for Panama.

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Boquete, Panama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to see the art exhibition on Mexican art which was very interesting with a good overview of Mexican post revolutionary art history. The permanent exhibition on the development of panama and the canal and the robberies by the Spanish is well presented with an informative audio guide. 10 entrance for foreigners and 3 for locals.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very good museum if you are interested in the whole history of the Canal and I recommend you go before your crossing. At $10 it's actually a bargain with plenty to see and good descriptions. It's right off the plaza where you can shop after for cute souvenirs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On the first,second and third flour of the mainbuilding of Miraflores Locks you find this museum. Arrive a little before 09.00 and go first directly to the first floor to watch the ships in the locks. The museum shows tge history of the building of the Channel.

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Boston (well, an hour south)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You already saw the video, saw the canal working with a ship going through, and now you finish your visit with the museum. It's a very tiny museum, but holds lots of information. There are a few videos to watch, some models to compare, and plenty of information to read. It is worth a stroll through.

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Fair Lawn, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Please come and visit this place so you can have a better view of the Panama Canal. It will take you into the beginning of the construction until what they have done for the new expansion

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