Biomuseum, Panama City

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Under Biomuseum’s brightly colored roof, step into a world of art and science highlighting the biodiversity of Panama. Through its eight exhibitions, learn about the island's formation, its impact on the planet’s biodiversity, and the human history of the region. Audiovisual displays immerse visitors in Panama’s ecosystems, and exhibits highlight the most fascinating aspects of the country's 3,000,000-year geological history. Take a walk through the adjacent park for a living extension of the museum’s exhibits, with a selection of endemic and native plants on show within the diverse oasis. Work out when and for how long to visit Biomuseum and other Panama City attractions using our handy Panama City vacation app .
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  • The outside is architecturally stunning. I do wish there was more informational exhibits, but then again, you can learn a lot in a short amount of time. You don’t see real living things though. That, ...  more »
  • Awesome design, great views, lush, and you learn a lot about the history and biodiversity of Panamá!  more »
  • I recommend it, since you can spend it with the family and also learn of different appearance and colors of as you can see the world, as well as the history of Panama and the world and how we are today. It is advisable to go the first Sunday of the month, which is totally free. With different prices for national and foreign and if you are a student in the same way. RECOMMENDED...
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  • Great indoor/outdoor museum. The building is architecturally beautiful and located right on the water. The staff is super friendly and helpful. As described, the museum has exhibits on the creation of the continents, animal, and human migration. It also focused on Central America and the influences different cultures have had on the region. It's worth the trip if you have time. Discounted tickets are available at the Mira Flores locks if you purchase them together.
  • Fabulous architecture and grounds. The staff were friendly and willing to answer questions. The displays of flora and fauna, and fossils were very interesting, but were somewhat limited. The museum relies mostly upon posters and graphical displays that, while interesting and informative, require considerable time and attention to digest. A casual visit is not adequate to take in the scope of written information on display.
  • A neat museum. The video at the start is cool. You can learn a lot about Panama by visiting. However, the exhibits after the first one leave a lot to be desired. I felt as if the first exhibit was well thought out and the last one was just thrown together.
  • As of January 2018, the exhibits are a work in progress. The interactive exhibits are in Spanish and English but poorly designed. One display combines a questionable human evolutionary hypothesis with geological formations, and another display discusses “subduction” without explaining the term. Luckily, one of the docents was fantastic and provided me with additional information. One wonders why the museum didn’t hire her to create the Spanish translation exhibits on geology and then find a bilingual geologist to translate her words. For now, you are better off just seeing the outside of the building, which is unique. You may also visit the cafe then go down the steps and through a small path that takes you past a large fig tree. (January 2018)
  • A must see place in Panama. First, it is on the Causeway (Calzada Amador), a lovely relaxed spot with fresh ocean breezes. Second, it’s a Frank Gehry building, so you get to immerse yourself in the architecture. Third, the exhibits are nice - you can get a cursory view of Panama’s natural history in an hour, or can dig as deep as you have time for. Also great resources about Panamanian culture and history. The museum staff are friendly and well educated. They were helpful in English and Spanish. Nice selection at their gift shop, too.
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