Gatun Lake, Panama
Frank Gehry Museum & the Canal Museum
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Approximately 5½ Hours
Board an air-conditioned coach for a short transfer to the famous Frank Gehry-design Biomuseum. The Biomuseum tells the story of the physical rise of the Isthmus of Panama and how this cataclysmic event changed the natural world as we know it today. This museum is affiliated to the Smithsonian Institute, making Panama the first country outside of the US to have this type of affiliation. Panama was chosen as the location of the Biomuseum due to its staggering biodiversity and its fascinating history. Through the Biomuseum, visitors discover the biodiversity value this country offers. Its objectives are to educate, create interchange of the natural and cultural resources of Panama, and focus knowledge regarding the environment and its conservation. The museum recounts the rise of the Isthmus, including the biological and climatic changes that continue to transform the natural world. Spend approximately 90 minutes at the museum with an audio-guide to take you through the five different galleries.
Enjoy a light snack; then, transfer to the Canal Museum. This facility offers two permanent exhibition floors presenting the history of Panama and the Panama Canal. The first floor introduces the importance of the Panama route since pre-Hispanic times and during the Colonial period. The Isthmus of Panama has long been a center of important discoveries as well as a transit route for world trade. The second floor exhibits the construction of the Panama Canal, the North American era, North American canal operations, and the canal returning to Panamanian hands in 1999.
Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.