Museums in Panama City

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  • Mdryovage
    San Francisco, California4 contributions
    This museum has a description of environmental issues explaining climate change and biological history of species evolution between North America and South America. It was well paced for all ages.
    Written 6 May 2022
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN1,393 contributions
    Located in historic and beautiful Casco Viejo at the Plaza de la Independencia, this is an excellent and well-organized museum telling not only the story of the Canal but also the history of Panama. I dislike involving political views, but I'm obligated to strongly disagree with some of the previous reviews. The integral role the US played in building the Canal is well documented in the museum. It might be hard to stomach but sadly the reality in that black laborers from the Caribbean were paid at a lower rate and treated like second class citizens which is not at all surprising considering the way Blacks were treated in the US in the early 1900s. Sadly, segregation was an accepted policy until the Civil rights movement in the 1960s. Our history is filled with wonderful accomplishments but many failures as well. I would recommend purchasing the audio tour. Most of the exhibit is in both Spanish and English on the first floor but there is less in English on the upper floors. Timed ticket purchased in advance was required when I visited in October 2021.
    Written 18 May 2022
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  • Zeituni
    Jerusalem, Israel1,666 contributions
    Not too much to show, but a good experience of the early days of Spanish inwasion to Central America
    Written 18 January 2022
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  • Cynthia S
    4 contributions
    This is a wonderful art gallery/ museum. Carlos was so friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. He told us many things about Panamanian art, artists and history in a very relaxed manner. This is a place were you can relax and enjoy many types of artwork in addition to paintings there are also sculptures, carvings and textiles. In my opinion this is a place you wouldn’t want to miss while in Panama City!
    Written 17 April 2022
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  • phutty
    Tallinn, Estonia1,251 contributions
    The museum is currently hosting an exhibition of works entitled 'Una Invasión in 4 Tiempos/An Invasion in 4 Tenses' marking the 30th anniversary of the US invasion of Panama in 1989. Many of the pieces from the 'ManiObras/MANeuvers' series by local artist Isabel de Obaldía, inspired by the events preceding, during and following the invasion, have pride of place; I was particularly taken with her painting 'Desterrado/Exiled'. The video art by Donna Conlon and Jonathan Harker also engaged me, which such installations rarely do.

    We were welcomed on arrival by a very friendly member of staff with excellent English who gave us a rundown of the exhibition and informed us that admission was free but that donations were welcome. Needless to say we popped some dollars in the box before we left.

    The museum is small and manageable: we spent just over an hour exploring its spaces. Since it is neither downtown nor in Casco Antiguo, we decided the easiest way to get to and from it would be by Uber.
    Written 26 February 2020
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  • Justin B
    8 contributions
    Coming from Barbados, the role of Afro Caribbean persons in building the canal is very marginalised. This museum provides some background as to why Caribbean persons were recruiter, their origin and a bit of what happened after the completion of the canal.

    While at first we were disappointed that the attendants didn't speak English we were fortunate to meet Ms.Lowe d' Goodin who gave us valuable insight and further information.

    So glad we visited.
    Written 2 August 2019
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  • Timothy C
    Louisville, KY4 contributions
    The museum offers a collection of mola, a reverse appliqué fabric art form from the indigenous Guna people, situating them in their cultural, religious, and even political contexts. The staff and docents are friendly, very insightful, and fluent in Spanish and English. Not to be missed in the Casco Viejo sector of Panama City.
    Written 19 February 2022
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  • Victoria E
    Houston, TX28 contributions
    While walking around Panama City we noticed the architecture of the building and we were interested in emeralds. However, since it was late in the day we were unable to visit the museum..
    Written 12 March 2022
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  • Susan A
    164 contributions
    We stumbled upon Karavan while exploring in Panama City. The selection of items is carefully curated, and although the prices slightly reflect this, they are better quality than some street stall curios. The staff was informative and helpful.
    Written 2 July 2018
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  • steph_kirby
    Toronto, Canada34 contributions
    After visiting the canal, the Amador causeway, the museum of the history of the canal, the biodiversity museum, Ancon Hill and the old city, we had some time to fill. We really enjoyed our 45 minute visit in this important, modern and well curated museum. They offer a tour in English, which runs an hour and a half. Sadly we didn’t have time for this, but the staff members at this museum are young, extremely knowledgable and enthusiastic about sharing information about human rights in Panama and the world. They speak English perfectly and are available to explain and interpret the exhibits. Loved this museum, as did our teenage kids.
    Written 11 January 2020
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  • SharonBB
    Panama City, Panama182 contributions
    Galeria Arteconsult has long been an exceptional gallery in Panama, founded by Carmen Aleman and now directed by her daughter, art historian, Ana Berta Carrizo. Each exposition is of highest quality, including the current retrospective of the art and career of Coqui Calderon, an important Panama artist and supporter, like arteconsult, of developing artists in Panama. A visit to arteconsult is inspiring and always a learning experience. It's in the San Francisco neighborhood north of Calle 50. Recommended for anyone who appreciates fine art!
    Written 13 March 2019
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  • SambuquitaBaby
    Miami, FL1 contribution
    I recently visited Panama and never expected to bring home a piece of fine art. However, I was drawn into DGriss Art Gallery by some beautiful pieces. I went in to just take a look and was so pleasantly surprised by the owner speaking perfect English to me. I met her artist husband, who also speaks perfect English, and had such an interesting and knowlegable conversation about the art, the artists and what to keep in mind during the buying process...I left with a gorgeous piece of art for my living room! They even shipped it home for me without any problems! I highly recommend visiting the gallery on your trip to Panama!
    Written 16 May 2013
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  • GinnyAtSkiPC
    Utah42 contributions
    This is BY FAR the best art gallery in Panama. They are responsive, have knowledge of their art/artists, and our purchase arrived perfectly. Gretchen and Guillermo are just a delight. We tried to buy art at Imagen Gallery but failed due to the fact that they never even sent the information on the painting I wanted--after numerous phone calls and emails--apparently they are not in the business of selling! Dgriso Art Gallery had no current phone number, Apriori Galleria de Arte also never sent me a picture of the piece we liked. Weil Art Gallery is pleasant but not for collectors of oil paintings.
    Written 9 January 2017
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