Museo del Canal Interoceánico (Panama Canal Museum)
The Panama Canal is housed in a beautiful historic building that was once house by 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: Plaza de la Independencia, Calle 5a Este, Panamá, Panama.
Punta Culebra Nature Center (Centro Natural Punta Culebra)
The Punta Culebra Nature Center 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: Panama City, Panama.
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: Av Central, Panamá, Panama.
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
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Museum of contemporary art)
This museum features a permanent collection of watercolours 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
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
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