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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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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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Wonderful museum

Don't miss this museum if you are in panama City it is a wealth of information, the only problem is the captions are in Spanish and it would be nice for the non Spanish speaking... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Boca Grande, Florida
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Boca Grande, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Don't miss this museum if you are in panama City it is a wealth of information, the only problem is the captions are in Spanish and it would be nice for the non Spanish speaking folks to have captions in English also

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum could be so much more. There is the opportunity to present geography, history, flora/fauna, engineering feats. Unfortunately, most of what is presented is in Spanish without adequate translations. The exhibits come across as dry and pedantic. Stop by quickly for an overview but no need to linger.

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Quebec City, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An extensive, superb museum about the history of the canal. Even if you're not a huge museum person, it's worth going...the exhibits are fascinating and veer off into the history of Panama itself, not just the canal (and there's an excellent photography exhibit on a different floor as well). There's a LOT of text and information about the exhibits posted... More 

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Sunset Beach, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016

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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Thank surfpro
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016

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 August 14, 2016

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 August 14, 2016

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 August 11, 2016 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 August 11, 2016 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 August 7, 2016 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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