About The Biomuseo:
Surrounded by clear Pacific waters and the lush greenery of the Amador Causeway, Panama City's Biomuseo is one of world's most acclaimed and visually unique natural history museums. Designed so as to resemble a floral forest canopy by famed architect Frank Gehry, this vibrant building houses eight permanent exhibition galleries. Each gallery examines the geology and ecology of the Panamanian isthmus, from its formation and diversification to the arrival of the first humans and their present day effects.
Exhibitions at the Biomuseo are designed to be as visually appealing as possible. In the 'Gallery of Biodiversity' you'll be greeted by a giant stained-glass tree of life representing the fauna and flora of Panama. Examine the tree up-close and learn about the means by which life arrived and evolved on the isthmus. This experience is complimented by the 'Panamarama', a three-story tall, 360° cinema showcasing creatures and plant life present across the country.
Another key aspect of the Biomuseo experience is how the geography of the isthmus has affected life throughout the Americas and Earth as a whole. The former is the subject of two exhibitions in particular: 'Building the Bridge' and 'Worlds Collide'. The first presents Panama as a biological bridge and concerns the fusion of North and South America. Visitors are met by an impressive 14-meter high rock sculpture representing Earth's tectonic plates. It's a spectacle surrounded on all sides by hands-on mineral displays and other tactile treats.
'Worlds Collide' explores the biological consequences of the north-south fusion. Here visitors are greeted by an astonishing menagerie of life-sized animal sculptures both modern and ancient.
'The Human Path' exhibition is located in its own wing of the museum. Here you'll travel back 15,000 years to the arrival of Panama's first human inhabitants. Working your way around the trail you'll see how our species adapted to the environment and how we in-turn have affected it right on through to the present day. Directly opposite the Human Path is the 'Oceans Divided' exhibition, a place where visitors can explore the Pacific and Caribbean Seas to see how life diverged following the creation of the isthmus.
Lastly, view 'The Living Web' sculpture to see how all of earth's organisms are connected in a vast, symbiotic relationship, and get a taste for what lies beyond the Biomuseo at 'Panama Is The Museum'.
- All Year Round, Daily.
Biomuseo Opening Hours:
- Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 to 16:00.
- Saturdays and Sundays: 10:00 to 17:00.
- Building 136, Calzada de Amador, Amador Causeway 136.
- Hop-off at stop 5 on the City Sightseeing Panama tour.
- Any temporary exhibitions with a standalone cost.
City Sightseeing Panama:
- See here for all information related to the City Sightseeing Panama tour.
This hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour offers visitors comprehensive insights into Panama City. Explore the capital from the upper deck of an open-top double decker bus - or the sheltered lower deck. Tickets are valid 24 hours from the point of first use and can be shown at any stop along tour route.