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Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama

Avenida Central | Plaza de la Independencia. San Felipe, Panama City 0816, Panama
+507 211-1649
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Opened in 1997, this history museum chronicles the planning, construction and present-day operation of Panama's landmark canal.
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  • Average8%
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Avenida Central | Plaza de la Independencia. San Felipe, Panama City 0816, Panama
+507 211-1649
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Reviewed 1 week ago

In renovated historial building: Preserving the history of The Panama Canal and the people who built the marvel is the goal of this museum located in CASCO Antiguo on Plaza Independencia (Catedral). Celebrating now 20+ years of collecting, studying, archiving, teaching. Excellent new display explains...More

Thank Sharon B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

About 50% of the displays had at least one paragraph in English, otherwise all are written in espanol. The text of what is written is done very well. The layout is also very good for the history buff. There is basic museum items and artifacts...More

Thank Djpoll
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located in an old building,this is a state of the art museum focused on the history of Panama and the Canal. It includes a section on the recent enlargement of the canal.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely building in a lovely part of town. Not all the written information is in English but certainly enough to learn the history of the canal. You can hire headsets for audio english commentary at an extra fee.

Thank Carla M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There was so more we learned about Panama City and the canal with this audio tour. Even after touring The Panama Canal.

Thank subithere
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

One of the best museums I've ever visited. Most info is in Spanish so get the English audio guide. The history is full explained: the people, the engineering, the failed French attempt (the bankruptcies, scandals, indictments and sentences). There is actually too much info presented,...More

1  Thank Barry M
Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

nice museum located in the colonial centre. Perfect setup, Audioguides in many languages. A lot of interesting material about the history from Panama and the channel. Maybe not so interesting for children

1  Thank Ronald v
Reviewed 1 December 2017

There is a lot to see in this museum. This is well worth visiting before you go and see the canal as it gives a lot of history around the origins of the canal. Just make sure you allow yourself enough time as we ran...More

1  Thank Leedstraveller2017
Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

If you are planning to take a tour through the Panama Canal then this world class museum is a great introduction. It is in Spanish with English summaries and with audio commentaries available for an extra charge. Good coverage of the early French attempt to...More

Thank pg001
Reviewed 22 November 2017

The Museo del Canal is a great place to learn everything about the Canal, ideal as a preparation for a Canal Tour. It offers very detailed information about the history and the construction of the canal as well as life in the Canal Zone and...More

1  Thank MartinStutensee
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Questions & Answers
12 January 2016|
Response from Barry M |
I saw only a picture of Richard Halliburton's swim in 1928. See wikipedia for more.
5 June 2015|
Response from jonat1x |
No, but there are many nearby within the Casco Viejo, including Il Carpaccio and Esmeralda, on the opposite side of the square from the museum.