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Museo del Canal Interoceánico (Panama Canal Museum)

The Panama Canal is housed in a beautiful historic building that was once house to the French Canal company. There are historic documents and interactive multimedia exhibits to depict the work that went into creating the Panama Canal. It even houses the famous Nicaragua stamp depicting an erupting volcano that was sent to the senators to dissuade them from building a canal in Nicaragua. Though signs are in Spanish, English tour guides help tourists to understand the meanings.

Address: Casco Viejo Plaza de la Independencia, Panama City, Panama

Tel. No.: +507211 1995

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday:9:30 am to 5:30 pm

Centro de Exhibiciones Marinas (Marine exhibitions centre)

The marine exhibitions centre is run by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). The centre is located on a patch of dry forest on the small Naos Island. The centre has a nature trail through the dry forest where visitors can see sloths and iguanas. It also has two large aquariums, one containing fish from the Caribbean and the other from the Pacific. Visitors can also see the ships waiting to transit the canal through a telescope.

Address: Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), Panama City, Panama

Tel. No.: + 507 212 8000

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm,

Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Museo de Historia Panamá (Panama museum of history)

The Panama history museum faithfully depicts the history of Panama from the colonial period to the modern times through countless exhibits. It is a rich source to know the roots of Panama and how it has been shaped through many years of history.

Address: Calle 6a Oeste Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama

Tel. No.: +507 228 6231

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Museo Antropológico Reina Torres de Araúz

This anthropology museum has a rich hoard comprising of pre-Columbian exhibits, Barriles tribe artefacts, and other exhibits of the Panama City residents, dating back to the 700 BC. It also boasts of a rich collection of gold huacas.

Address: Av. Ascanio Villalaz, Natural Metropolitan Park, Panama City, Panama

Tel. No.: +507 262 8338

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Museo Afroantillano

This museum pays homage to the more than 30,000 West Indian workers involved in building the railroad and later on the canal. They were subjected to the lowest menial works and risky tasks. Many had to pay with their lives. At the museum, you can view the reconstructed living quarters of the workers and other artefacts from the time.

Address: cnr Av Justo Arosemena & Calle 24 Este Calidonia, Panama City, Panama

Tel. No.: + 507262 5348

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday:8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Museum of contemporary art)

This museum features a permanent collection of water colours and oil paintings of mostly Panamanian artists. Other works of established and contemporary artists are featured on a revolving basis. The museum also holds painting classes for kids and adults as well.

Address: Av. de los Mártires at Calle San Blas, Panama City, Panama

Tel. No.: +507262 8012

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Museo de Sitio Panamá Viejo

The museum features a large scale model of Panamá Viejo, before its destruction in 1671. It also has some artefacts and exhibits belonging to the colonial period.

Address: Panamá Viejo, Panama City, Panama

Opening Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Mi Pueblito

Mi Pueblito lies at the foot of Cerro Ancón and depicts Panamanian cultures in the form of life size replicas of rural villages. Handicrafts from throughout the country find their way here.

Address: Av de Los Mártires Cerro Ancón, Panama City, Panama

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday:9:00 am to 9:00 pm