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Panama Interoceanic Canal Museum

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Address: Av Central - Plaza de la independencia, Panama City 0816, Panama
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+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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The museum itself is nice, but predictable, models of ships etc. I'm not a museum person but was happy to spend a while there

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Paradise Point, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The museum itself is nice, but predictable, models of ships etc. I'm not a museum person but was happy to spend a while there

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Trenton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

They show you just how the canal was built and how it operates. Four floors of museum, so lots for all to see. No quite friendly to those with mobility issues but they are updating the entrance.

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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We almost walked past this, because we had already been in the Museum at the Locks. But we had a little time, and the Senior fee was only $5, so we walked in. When we walked out of the Museum, it was three hours later. The building is absolutely perfect for this museum, and the displays, photos, maps, audio tour... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a well-done museum with authentically crafted displays which puts great emphasis on portraying the thousands of workers who dug and built the canal. Having been through Panama Canal in 2012 on a ship and now visiting it from shore at Miraflores, the experience is a once in a lifetime event. From the top deck, one can view the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is very well appointed with a nice cool a/c system and the most information about the Panama canal you would ever need. It is very organized, clean and the exhibits are very informational.

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Cedar Creek, Texas
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is a nice history of Panama, from the shifting of the tectonic plates that created the isthmus all the way through current day. 90% of the exhibit text is spanish only. If your spanish is as bad as mine, you can pay an extra $3 at the admission desk to get an english audio tour headset. I was... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We found it sad that a museum detailing the history of such an international subject as the Panama Canal only provides Spanish explanations for the exhibits. Audio guides are only in English. Our nephew from Germany visited with us & was totally lost. Compare this to our visit to Cambodia, where Angkor Watt provides tour guides fluent in nearly every... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

CASCO ANTIGUO treasure in a beautiful old renovated gray & while building on Cathedral Plaza (also called Plaza Independencia). Note that this is NOT at MIraflores Visitor Center like many of the posted photos!!. This is one of the best-kept secrets in Panama City (sadly). With life-size replicas of historical settings and events from the Canal Zone era, on-going videos,... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is a "must see" before visiting the canal(s). The information that you get at the visitors centers pales in comparison to the historic information and displays found in this museum in the old town.

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Torrance, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place provides history and other information regarding panama canal. Very interesting place, I recommend all the visitors to look around museum and take a look at the actual canal. You will understand it better.

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