Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, Panama City

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Learn about the history and the endeavor of building the Panama Canal at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, which traces a timeline from its initial French beginnings to its completion by the U.S. and its eventual handover to Panama. Experience a captain's-eye view of the canal with the opportunity to sit on the bridge of a typical ship, and explore what life was like for the construction workers who built this major feat of engineering. The displays are in Spanish only, but you can pick up audio guides for a small charge. To visit Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama on your holiday in Panama City, and find out what else Panama City has to offer, use our Panama City day trip app .
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  • The Museum tells much about the history of Panama, the political decisions about the channel and about its origin. For me something too little technical designs. Well done with hearing aids for other languages.
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  • Is well armed, very neat and careful. It provides good information about the construction of the canal starting from the indigenous peoples of panama. The information is clear and specific, but lacks a bit of interaction between the visitor and the Museum... a video that shows the boats passing, explaining the operation of the canal. It is cute but Basic.
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  • See this Museum before going to the canal interpretive Centre. But if you haven’t time to go to the canal definitely see this museum in Casco Viejo. Two floors of exhibits tell you the history of not ...  more »
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  • If you like to read the display, you will need to allow additional time to cover this four-level museum. It was more than expected. Visitors $15, locals $3. There is also a 10-minute movie. South bound ships arrived at the locks shortly after 3 pm. The covered observation deck is well positioned, but was very crowded and two to three deep at the rail. If you are tall, you can still have good photos over the heads of others. See attached.
  • Well worth the $10. We also rented the headset ($3) to listen and learn in English (it comes in many languages). This was helpful most of the museum descriptions are in Spanish. Loved the museum and learned a lot!
  • Once in Panama, this is a MUST visit place. Here’s the whole story of how they build the canal back in the day. There’s some cool stuff in the museum like a ship simulator while crossing the canal.
  • There are some interesting artifacts here but it's a poorly organized museum. They need more signs and direction. Also, the English audio guide provides some insight but is hard to follow at times. The price for this museum ($10 per person + $3 for audio guide) is probably a little too high.
  • Really well-done museum. English signage is inconsistent.

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