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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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  • Very good35%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
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Avenida Central | Plaza de la Independencia. San Felipe, Panama City 0816, Panama
+507 211-1649
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a small museum that captures the essence of how the Canal of Panama was built. I have visited many times as I live in Panama . They do have ear phones in English but I wish the captions were also in English. I...More

Thank Maria H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

....heaving with very detailed info and on the top floor with the political history of the canal this is ALL in Spanish There's some translation on the floor below- but the 5 closing turned out to be 445 so WS chased out 10US entrance fee...More

Thank TAoxford
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An historical treasure. Went at lunch time andit was perfect. It was empty and nice and quiet. We were able to take our time and really explore the history. Definitely important to visit.

Thank Sausalito5
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was very cool. It has a gift shop too. The staff is very helpful. It closes (in my opinion) rather early though, if I remember correctly around 4pm.

Thank Tim G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Rainy day and it was necessary to find a dry place... by chance I stopped at that museum of the old city . And very good surprise : interesting details on the background of the canal (I did not know that the 1st project was...More

Thank PatriceDeShanghai
Reviewed 16 August 2017

The canal museum just added new permanent exhibitions, there is so much information in this place that you need more than one day to visit and learn the history. I highly recommended!

Thank Tarina R
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Artifacts from Pre-Columbian through completion of canal and beyond. Favorite was the globe that shows millions of years passing to create current continents. Also, ship models were cool. So not just the canal. Small enough to keep the kids interested, large enough to spend over...More

Thank chisocbutterfly
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

A must see if you travel to Panama City, Panama. A history lesson that is fascinating and easy to comprehend. Many speak English at this location and it is family friendly. Many places to take your selfies and a small booth to grab a quick...More

Thank anita r
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Tels you the story of the canal with images and pieces from the epoch, I like it !! It is well done, not too long, gives you and overview of the project .

Thank Susana V
Reviewed 8 August 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to the museum. Only regret: not renting the $5 English casette. The displays are all in Spanish, which I was able to sift through and grasp the main ideas, but I kept wishing I had the translation. The history was...More

Thank Megan T
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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.
23 May 2015|
Response from jonat1x |
Taxis in Panama will take you pretty much anywhere in the country for a price - so, yes. It would only be about a 20-minute ride to the Locks, maybe $20-$25. If you go there, you can safely give this museum a miss.