Miraflores Visitor Center
Miraflores Visitor Center
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Kim G
    Pacific Grove, California3,188 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Observe Miraflores Locks in Action
    Fascinating adventure to view the Miraflores Lock on the Panama Canal in action, as large container ships queue up and await their turn, ultimately transiting through the locks toward their final destination. The visitor is self-lead through the Visitor Center, up to the massive, covered, observation deck, along an informational path with displays of the history of the Canal. The Panama Canal is considered one of the top ten “Greatest Engineering Achievements” in the world, and is thrilling to visit. Such an essential passageway benefiting ships from throughout the world. It was exciting watching the ships below us, their flags representing countries from all over, as they were lowered from lake level down to the next, by water displacement. We took an Uber there, but had a bit of a wait for an Uber returning back into Casco Viejo. TIP: It is important to inquire as to the best times to see the ships passing from each direction. We visited at 3:00 pm and were entertained by a continuous parade of ships, while other times may not have any activity. This is NOT to be missed!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 April 2023
  • betteskid
    Boston, Massachusetts1,356 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to experience the Panama Canal
    We really enjoyed our visit to the Miraflores Locks. We were able to watch several large ships pass through the locks and also went to the visitor center to see the film they have. It was a 3D movie and very informative about the history of the canal and how it has shaped Panama. This is a special thing to see in Panama and I really recommend taking advantage of this when you are in the area.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 1 May 2023
  • SilverTraveler2
    Castle Rock, Washington233 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must See While In Panama City
    Had a great time. Took a $7 Uber from downtown Panama City and paid $17 each for Imax movie and lock observation area. The 3D movie was exceptional and lasted almost 40 minutes. We arrived at 10:45am and was well informed that there wouldn't be any ships passing through the locks until 2pm. Everyone was polite, and we didn't have any problems. There is a nice cafeteria on the 2nd floor. We did wait for the shops to come through, and it was very crowded by that point. However, the upper viewing area has a theater type seating area so you can see no matter where you're seated. The best view is right behind the railing though if you'd like to stand there for a half hr to secure your position. I would visit again and take visitors there to see this man made wonder.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Chris G
    9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Panama Canal visit - viewing platform and IMAX
    Great viewing deck which allows you to watch the ships going through the locks. iMac film is very entertaining. During our visit in August 2023 the rest of the exhibition was not open. One point to note is that you are not allowed back in to the viewing platform once you have left - allow plenty of time for the viewing platform as it takes a while for a ship to transit both locks!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 August 2023
  • jerrypayne63
    38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    one week in panama
    flew into panama city, spent the first and last night at rio auroporto hotel, it's fabulous, could spend a week there! rented a car for the week, drove to pedasi the first day, it was nice, then to santa catalina and stayed at nativo boutique hotel, it was awesome except for the road to get there, 11 kilometers of pure hell!, then to boquette, beautiful! nice little mountain town with lots of expats, the hotl valle del rio was the best room i had all week, really nice balcony overlooking a small river and the mountains, would definitely stay there again! then drove to rio hato,stayed at Lq Perla de farillion bed and breakfast, very nice hosts and very reasonable price, no Tv though, close to the beach, driving in Panama is fine excep
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 September 2023
  • Jaesmom
    West Orange, New Jersey30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing to Watch an Engineering Marvel
    This is a must do on a trip to Panama City. Plan to spend a few hours watching the huge vessels go through the lock. The announcer spoke in Spanish and English to ensure everyone had an excellent experience. Make sure to watch the IMAX movie on the history of the Panama Canal.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 October 2023
  • Kelly M
    Charlotte, North Carolina333 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must-do in Panamá
    This is a must-do if you are visiting Panamá City. At first, to me, it sounded a little boring, but wow! I loved every minute! We watched the movie (narrated by Morgan Freeman), and I learned so much about the history of the canal and the role the US played. I would recommend this to anyone...especially those who have an interest in history.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 October 2023
  • Greg C
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Engineering
    I heard the ships pass thru the locks early in the AM or after 2pm, so I left my hotel from downtown (Riu) and took an Uber at 2pm. I arrived and went to buy my tickets and saw the next IMax movie started in 5 minutes...great timing. The workers were friendly and helpful (I left my hat in the theater and they were waiting for me to come get it). As I walked out of the theater, there was a ship passing through the lock! As they say, "Timing is everything" and it couldn't have been better. After this I easily got an Uber to see Casco Viejo!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 November 2023
  • PJ22-Family
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable look at huge ships going up "steps"
    This was an enjoyable, fascinating visit. The museum is still closed, so go to the canal museum in Casco Viejo for a detailed background, although the IMAX film gives a brief history. Check the ship transit schedule on the Visit Canal de Panamá website before you go. On the day I visited, ships were supposed to transit Miraflores only until 7:45 a.m., but when I got there at 8, the last ship was just approaching. Otherwise, the next transit would have been in the early afternoon. N.B.: once you leave the viewing platform, you can't go back, so check the IMAX film schedule and plan accordingly. Getting to Miraflores with public transport is easy. At Albrook bus station, take the C810 bus leaving from bahía D (bay D), for $0.25 (you need a Metrobus or Rapi-pass card). It loops between Albrook and the Miraflores Visitor Centre.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 December 2023
  • Ricardo R
    Mogi das Cruzes, SP1,813 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Things to know
    From Albrook station bus C810 drops passengers at ticket office( US$ 10,00 entrance fee ). It's not worth pay US$ 7,00 to watch the Imax movie, go straight to the platform view and do not miss any ship. No ships will pass between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm( time to change directions in the channels and then a good chance to see the movie ). In the morning ships come from the left side of platform view, afternoon they come from the right side. In my opnion it's better and more pleasant in the morning, in the afternoon the scorching sun is on our faces, bring a hat. From 2:30 to 5:00 pm I saw four ships passing the locks ( nov 2023 ).
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 December 2023
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NJFamilyAdventures
Ontario, Canada142 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Interesting to see the ships passing through the canal. The Imax movie gave a good overview, lovely views of Panama, and its air conditioning was welcome on a hot hot day.
Written 4 April 2024
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Thecatsmum4
Kettering, UK2,249 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
The centre was Ok and there is an impressive IMAX film on how the canal was constructed. However, the locks are viewed from a tiered seating area and unless you fall lucky and hit a time when a ship is transiting there is very little to see here.

Apparently water levels are so low ships only pass through early morning so you need to check prior to visiting what the best times to go are.
Written 28 March 2024
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kmlbar
Arlington, MA11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Great place to overlook the Miraflores locks and if your timing is right you can watch ships transit the locks. The imax movie is interesting and describes some of history and construction.

The tickets are confusing: you need separate tickets for both the movie ($7 ) and the viewing gallery ($10). (Note, these are foreigner prices, locals pay less.) To enter you must buy the viewing gallery ticket... the imax movie is optional, but worth it. You can't see the imax and then return to enter the viewing gallery

Important to make sure ships are transiting the locks when you visit... otherwise it's not really worth it. Check the schedules. When we went in the morning the person at the desk was helpful in letting us know to returns around 1:30 pm.

There is ample free parking in front of the building. It's not worth taking a tourist tour if you are staying downtown.... just take a cab or Uber.

All of the exhibits are closed... there is only the locks to look at.

If you are doing an afternoon stop over and want to experience the canal would recommend cabbing/ubering from the airport.
Written 12 March 2024
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Ironmummy44
Englewood, FL280 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
A great observation area to view the new locks and the obstructed view of the old ones. Interesting visitor center with a short film about the history. Very abbreviated but enough detail to get the idea. With the time
Written 3 March 2024
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CoffeeGuyz
Playa Coronado, Panama214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Always a hit with visitors. Wish the top floor was open, but love the new IMAX theatre and 3D movie. Don’t forget to check the vessel transit times do you don’t miss the action
Written 14 February 2024
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P6373QEthomasm
Savannah, GA21 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Total zoo. Everyone must go to see the canal but they need to do a lot better. The place is under construction. I understand. That is fine. But selling that many tickets and then cramming everyone into a space where you can’t even move is dangerous. Literally packed. No breathing room couldn’t get up the stairs cause there was no more room on second floor. People were pushing shoving With all the money they make off these ships they really need to do better. It was down right dangerous to be there. And 1 bathroom 1 stall and 4 soda machines in viewing area. Crazy. Like I said everyone needs to see the canal but maybe wait till they are done.
Written 10 February 2024
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Jack2811e
Peterborough, UK27 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
You have to pay $17 to enter the viewing deck, this ticket includes a cinema experience which we didn’t go to however you have to buy the ticket even though they give you 2 separate tickets you are forced to buy the whole package. There is no way to enter for free anymore and just buy a drink. Seeing the ship pass through was interesting but make sure you check the times before visiting so you catch a ship passing if not it’s pointless to go.
Written 2 February 2024
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Paul
Toulouse, France3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Very interesting. The Imax is an excellent lesson of local history.
And to get there is straightforward; the bus C810 leaves Albrook terminal quite frequently. And the final stop is right at the entrance of the center.
Written 1 February 2024
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Jenny S
Los Angeles, CA51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This is a nice place to see cargo ships going through the locks. There is also a nice short film of how it was built. Very nice visit.
Written 26 January 2024
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Kari W
Madison, WI6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The IMAX show was really informative and was the best way to see how the locks worked. Watching from the crowded viewing area didn’t give too good of an idea.
Written 24 January 2024
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MIRAFLORES VISITOR CENTER: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

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Miraflores Visitor Center admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost RM 736.61, while a popular guided tour starts around RM 142.57 per person.

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