Nature and architecture meet at Frank Gehry's first Latin American project, Bio Museo, a natural diversity museum on the Amador Causeway, not far from the entrance to the Panama Canal. The $90 million project, which took a decade to get off the ground, is highlighted by a vibrant shell of vivid red, orange, green, blue, and yellow plates. As you might expect, it is nothing like any natural history museum you have ever seen. Designed with help from scientists from the Smithsonian Institution and the University of Panama, the site includes eight different galleries. The aim is to educate through interactive experiences rather than more traditional static displays. In the Panarama gallery, three levels of screens make visitors feel as if they are actually in the jungle. In the Human Footprint gallery, three million years of Panama Isthmus wildlife is displayed through sculptures. Through two different aquariums you’ll learn the difference between marine life on Panama's Pacific and Caribbean coasts. There's a great café on site focusing on Panamanian foods. You could literally spend days here and never get bored, though a few hours will probably suffice.
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Our Rating Hours Tues–Sun 10am–6pm Phone 314-0097 Prices $12 admission Web site Bio Museo
MapAmador Causeway Panama City
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