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Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama

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Address: Avenida Central | Plaza de la Independencia. San Felipe, Panama City 0816, Panama
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Opened in 1997, this history museum chronicles the planning, construction...

Opened in 1997, this history museum chronicles the planning, construction and present-day operation of Panama's landmark canal.

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Rent the audio tour tape for $3.00

Very good museum that suffers from not having signage in English and Spanish. 99% of museum display signage is in Spanish. Even if you understand a lot of Spanish, I'd recommend... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very good museum that suffers from not having signage in English and Spanish. 99% of museum display signage is in Spanish. Even if you understand a lot of Spanish, I'd recommend renting the tape, which highlights certain museum displays. Otherwise, the museum information is overwhelming. There is no sign at the admission desk alerting the traveler about the audio tour... More 

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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very important and full of culture. also it is the BEST viewing point to see large ships cross th canal. it is REALLY a must. restaurant is ok too

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is in a lovely old building in the old town. The exhibits are on several floors and well displayed with plenty of space. The audio guide is available in English and is necessary to really appreciate the displays. The museum tracks through the whole period of construction, the people involved and the construction methods. It also looks at the... More 

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Strathdon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Both the failed French venture and the American success are reflected in the Interocean Canal Museum. Well worth a visit should you wish detailed information.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't miss the presentation, walk around the four floors of the museum and sit outside to see how the locks works

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Los Altos, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a few hours walking through this museum. Even though we had done a lot of reading before our trip this museum had additional information. The audio guide (english) was worth the price. Note this museum only accepts cash. It is too bad that there is not a full english translation of the exhibits; as it would greatly improve... More 

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worth while a visit also for people with limited knowlegde of Spanish. My advice: focus on photos, maps, displays. There are just so many texts in Spanish, it would take you a whole day to only read. I spent about 2 1/2 hours on the four a/c museum floors, before a sense of saturation set in. Would have liked to... More 

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Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Warning: Several of the more recent reviewers actually visited (and commented) the Miraflores Lock visitor centre and museum rather than the Panama Interoceanic Canal Museum represented by *this* TripAdvisor listing. One comment explicitly — and wrongly — claims that the location indicated by his GPS refers to the now closed Panama Interoceanic Canal Museum in the Casco Viejo and that... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is good. Includes an historical perspective of the construction of the canal, biodiversity, control rooms and so on. It definitely deserves some 45m of your tour to Panama. The great add-on is enjoying the canal functioning if you are there around 10AM.

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El Valle de Anton, Panama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Canal is something so many of us have heard about for years, and no doubt, to see it in operation is amazing. It take the time to walk through the museum....even if you don't read everything. Be amazed by the men who worked and died building it. Be in wonder at the way it actually works! And enjoy "driving"... More 

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