Museo Panama Viejo

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here2help
USA128 contributions
Friends
We actually came to Panama Viejo to explore the ruins and just happened upon this museum.
We took Uber here from our hotel and grabbed a taxi across the street for our return.
We paid $15 at the kiosk and were directed to one of the front two buildings that had only locked doors, a souvenir shop and administrative offices???
So then we headed down the dirt path to the ruins.

There is a lot of walking on a dirt path and over uneven grass land around the ruins.
Not every ruin had a descriptive sign so we were left guessing.
The grounds are pretty with large trees, iguanas, sea birds and ruins.

The museum was modern, air conditioned and had a nice layout for traffic flow.
The displays were in Spanish/English, with good descriptions and interesting displays.

Being that Panama City is hot and humid it was nice to be able to catch the frequent (and free) tram back to the start.
Written January 13, 2019
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Jairo G
Panama City, Panama196 contributions
Friends
There is plenty of history in Panama to be shown here, but it's not. For me, as a Panamanian, this is a very sad visit.
However, please come in and help us out pointing any suggestions you might have (authorities will listen to tourists more).
Written January 3, 2018
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ctvabeachbm
San Jose, Costa Rica58 contributions
Friends
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.
Written October 18, 2019
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groupwww
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico549 contributions
Solo
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.
Written May 30, 2019
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midway42
Minnesota2,936 contributions
Solo
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.
Written May 11, 2019
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Vanessamarie85
Vancouver, Canada43 contributions
Family
We spent a few hours exploring the grounds. Very cool to see the ruins still standing and great to see the restoration in progress so that everyone can continue to enjoy this site. It was well worth the trip. Plan to bring water as there isn’t a lot of shade and there are limited vending machines with water.

The museum was very interesting and had lots of great artifacts and art on display. The air conditioning was a welcome reprieve from the heat.

We were traveling with an infant in an umbrella stroller. Only down side was the loose rock made pushing the stroller difficult. If you are planning to see this with a little one consider a full sized stroller with big wheels or a baby carrier.

Overall a great experience and well worth it!

Written February 23, 2019
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Karly T
Cartagena, Colombia8 contributions
Couples
The Panama Viejo site is a great spot to stop while in Panama City! They have done a fabulous job preserving the area and keeping it easily accessible and walkable. The museum is also a nice place to check out with lots of information on the city’s history! We walked to the top of the tower and took so spectacular panoramic pictures.
Written February 18, 2019
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S W
Amarillo, TX69 contributions
Friends
Panama Viejo is a hidden treasure, the ruins of an entire town including the tower of the cathedral which you can climb for a fantastic view from all four directions. Go early in the morning (before it gets too hot) to enjoy walking outside among the ruins and climbing the tower. A tram is also available. Because Panama Viefo has been preserved as a park, you feel like you have left the city and gone back 500 years. This is a must-see on any tour of the history of Panama City.
Written February 10, 2019
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Happywintertraveller
Saint Marys, PA96 contributions
Couples
I’m really glad that I saw the building. The “tour” is with an automated system and I really missed the personal connection. I love museums, but this one left a lot to be desired. Since it was on the last day of our tour of Panama, maybe I was just “toured out”. Let me clarify by saying that Panama is a beautiful country w even more beautiful people, both on the exterior and on the interior.
Written February 8, 2019
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RMDTraveller
Zurich, Switzerland383 contributions
Solo
On Jan 2nd 2019 I visited this museum, as the MAC - Museum of Contemporary Art was closed due to renovations (will open again 17 Jan 2019).

-Price - Quality 2** from 5*****
-Archeological Quality 4**** from 5*****
-Family friendly: Yes
-Accessible for less mobile: not for wheelchair - medium difficulty for walking with cain.
-Spectacular views: 3*** from 5*****

Upon arrival to the museum you have to buy a ticket for 15US$ however the signs says 3US$ (guess that is the price for Panamanians?) the website also said it would be 5US$, which I thought was a more appropriate price.

There are several archeological sites which you can walk past and read about in Spanish and English, until you reach the small main museum building. Here you have to sign in for tracking purposes (to see where tourists come from). This building can also be reached by small open-air bus every 15min departing from the pick up.

The museum is small and displays the history of the first settlers in the old town of Panamá Viejo, there are 2 floors with some artifacts.

Ones this is seen and read, you walk out to the Old Bell tower of the Cathedral, which is the biggest standing archeological ans architectural structure on site.
Along a path you discover the other structures and ruins, the story told is a nice tail of what happened and how history occurred.

You can be done in approx. 1 hr.

It is said to be a highlight of Panama, I would recon so, however not worth the price of 15US$.

The museum is open 9:00am - 5:00pm.
I arrived at 4:00pm and walked around till 5:20pm. Plenty time, thereafter I took an Uber to the modern Multiplex Shopping Mall.
Written January 2, 2019
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