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Attractions Details

📌 Address

Calz. de Amador 136, Panamá, Provincia de Panamá, Panama

Opening Hours

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

PAB 18

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"Visit the BioMuseo in Panama City during weekdays if possible, as it's less crowded and you can enjoy a more personal experience with the exhibits. Don't miss the 'Panamarama' room, where local guides often know the best time to watch the 10-screen projection without interruptions for an immersive experience in Panama's biodiversity."

What is BioMuseo?

BioMuseo, also known as the Museum of Biodiversity, is a striking embodiment of Panama's natural wonders and rich biodiversity. Designed by the world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, this museum is his first and only work in Latin America—making it a standout destination not just for its exhibits but also for its architectural significance.

The distinctive building, notable for its vibrant colors and unusual shapes that mimic the complexity of nature, is located at the Amador Causeway, at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal. This location is both historically significant and symbolic, sitting at the crossroads of the Americas.

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History of BioMuseo

The inception of BioMuseo dates back to 1999 when the idea was first conceived. But it wasn’t until October 2014 that the museum opened its doors to the public, after years of planning, construction, and meticulous preparation of its exhibits. The aim was to create a space that not only showcased Panama’s ecological significance but also educated the public about the importance of protecting biodiversity.

The history of the site itself is fascinating—it served as a US military base for many years before being handed over to Panama. When you visit, you may notice that the precinct shares space with several remnants from the military era. These elements add another layer to the visitor experience, creating a juxtaposition of past and present, nature and human influence.

Why is BioMuseo Important?

BioMuseo is important for a multitude of reasons. Primarily, it serves as a vivid reminder of the role that Panama has played and continues to play in biodiversity on a global scale. The isthmus of Panama, which rose from the sea three million years ago, changed the world's biodiversity forever by uniting two continents and dividing a vast ocean, allowing species to migrate and ecosystems to evolve.

Furthermore, the museum plays a crucial role in conservation education, emphasizing the fragility of our ecosystems. It is a cultural icon that fosters pride in Panamanians and awe in international visitors, showcasing the country’s commitment to ecological and educational achievements. It's an emblem of Panama's natural beauty and a powerful tool for communicating environmental stewardship.

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Things to Do & See at BioMuseo

Visiting BioMuseo is not only about admiring the architecture; it's an engaging educational journey. Inside, eight permanent galleries take you through the formation of the isthmus and its colossal impact on the planet's biodiversity. The 'Gallery of Biodiversity' sets the stage with an explosion of sights and sounds, inviting you to appreciate Panama's varied environments.

The 'Panamarama', a 10-screen projection space, envelopes you in a multisensory experience of Panama's ecosystems. As you walk through the exhibits, you'll encounter 'The Bridge Emerges', which explains the isthmus's formation, and 'The Great Exchange', detailing the intercontinental species migration. Don't miss 'Oceans Divided' where the split of marine life between the Atlantic and Pacific is brought to life with remarkable underwater displays.

Besides the permanent exhibits, BioMuseo often features temporary exhibits, workshops, educational programs, and talks on environmental topics. Outside, the museum is flanked by the Biodiversity Park, a living exhibit of Panama’s native plant species—perfect for a leisurely walk to reflect on the information you’ve gathered inside. Also, keep an eye out for the various public art installations that dot the landscape, adding another level of culture and interest to your visit.

Frequently asked questions

What is the BioMuseo in Panama City?

The BioMuseo is a museum located in Panama City, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, showcasing the country's rich biodiversity and the story of how the Isthmus of Panama emerged from the sea, uniting two continents and separating a vast ocean in two.

How much time should I allocate for a visit to BioMuseo?

You should allocate at least 2-3 hours for your visit to the BioMuseo to fully enjoy the exhibitions and learn about Panama’s natural history and biodiversity.

What kind of exhibits can I expect to see at BioMuseo?

BioMuseo offers a variety of exhibits, including interactive displays about the formation of the Isthmus of Panama, the evolution of its unique biodiversity, and the impact of human beings on the country's environment.

Is there an admission fee for the BioMuseo?

Yes, there is an admission fee for the BioMuseo, which varies for adults, students, children, and retirees. Discounts may be available for residents and nationals of Panama.

Are guided tours available at BioMuseo?

Guided tours are available at BioMuseo for an additional fee. These tours can provide visitors with detailed insights and a more educational experience.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

Calz. de Amador 136, Panamá, Provincia de Panamá, Panama

Opening Hours

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

PAB 18

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