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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%
  • 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 2 days 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

Thank Barry M
Reviewed 1 week ago 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 week ago

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

Thank Leedstraveller2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

If your looking for a complete history on the evolution of the Panamamian Isthmus story. This museum Located in casco viejo central Plaza is fantastic. It will take atleast one hour at 10 dollars a ticket, but well worth the time invested for history buffs....More

Thank panamacahill
Reviewed 20 October 2017

I was very pleased with the exhibits and story of the Panama Canal. It gave great insight into the historic ownership of the Isthmus, first by Colombia and then by Panama. It told the story well of the French (Suez Canal builders) attempts, the US...More

Thank NKyAdventurer
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

After visiting the canal I went to visit this museum in Casco Viejo. Initially I thought the museum was only going to be about the canal but was positively surprised it reviews also the full history of Panama as of the 1600s. As with all...More

Thank Bart V
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

A not to miss while in Panama or Casco Viejo! A recent exhibit of the Canal Expansion. Near all resturants as well!

Thank Donald G
Reviewed 9 October 2017

If you visit one Museo in Panama, this should be it. Conveniently located on Plaza de Independencia, it features artifacts from Pre-Columbian through to completion of canal and beyond. The museum is not just limited to the canal though, and that is one of its...More

Thank Trevor L
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13 January 2016|
Response from Barry M |
I saw only a picture of Richard Halliburton's swim in 1928. See wikipedia for more.
6 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.