Panama Canal Museum
Panama Canal Museum (San Felipe entre Calle 5ta y Calle 6ta, Panama City) — The Interoceanic Canal Museum of Panama, commonly known as the Canal Museum, is a public and non-profit museum located in Panama City. It is dedicated to preserve, research and display the testimonies of the history of the Panama Canal. Its headquarters is in a building located in Independence Square, in the old quarter of the city, in the township of San Felipe. The idea for the new museum was conceived in 1996, when the board that oversees its activities decided to rehabilitate the building where it was housed, which dates to 1874. It reopened on September 9, 1997, in honor of the Universal Conference of the Canal.
The museum has ten permanent exhibit halls that present the facts of the history of the inter-oceanic route across the isthmus and the construction of the Panama Canal. It also shows the evolution of canal activities and how it passed into Panamanian hands upon passage of the Torrijos-Carter Treaties. Additionally, the museum stands out for the numerous temporary exhibitions it puts on display each year, on diverse topics in the fields of culture, architecture, history and environmental conservation.
Admission: $2.00 (adult), $.75 (children 4-12 years). Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Closed on Mondays and national holidays.