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Museo Panama Viejo

134 Reviews

Museo Panama Viejo

134 Reviews
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WhiteMouseBurrow wrote a review Mar 2020
2,343 contributions30 helpful votes
A small museum of history ... I prefer the story itself ... so I went around the ruins Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción
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Date of experience: March 2020
Ries P wrote a review Dec 2019
Panama City, Panama19 contributions12 helpful votes
This museum explains the history of Panama very well. Explanations in Spanish and English. Nice displays. Museum has a small gift shop and a coffee bar.
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Date of experience: December 2019
ctvabeachbm wrote a review Oct 2019
San Jose, Costa Rica56 contributions7 helpful votes
There really isn’t much to see for the price of $15. Views of the city are okay and the ruins are nice to see but it’s pretty lacking. Small museum will take 15-20 minutes.
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Date of experience: October 2019
groupwww wrote a review May 2019
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico553 contributions76 helpful votes
A very small exhibition, maybe half a gallery. The best thing to do is walk along the ruins. The museum cafe is a joke, you can wait around for hours and there’s no staff. Overall a very poorly run place.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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midway42 wrote a review May 2019
Minnesota2,672 contributions1,564 helpful votes
Located just a short walk from the Ascuncion Cathedral, the Panama Viejo museum is a new addition to the surrounding UNESCO World Heritage site. Starting on the second floor, it begins with coverage of the first human settlements in the area around 500AD, including pottery shards and dioramas of daily life. The Spanish presence in the area obviously takes up most of the exhibitions, with military life and daily colonial life being the featured elements. Digital displays, movies reenacting the invasion by Henry Morgan, and life-sized kitchens with complete dining sets share space with a meticulous diorama of the colonial town circa the 16th Century. I spent a little over an hour here and made a quick visit to the small souvenir shop before departure. In summary, I thought this museum was a hidden gem and added tremendously to my understanding of the ruins (see separate review) I had just toured. English signage was excellent and the layout chronologically made sense. There were several opportunities to visualize Panama Viejo in its heyday, with the diorama and digital recreations. Overall the static archeological finds and modern computerized recreations definitely worked with each reinforcing the other if that makes sense. Moreover, the entire museum can be covered in one to two hours depending on your enthusiasm. An excellent visit and highly recommended.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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