Panama’s trendy, and my personal favorite, Bio Museum was designed by the renowned architect Frank Gehry. The building took ten years to complete, finally finishing in 2014, and is his first project in Latin America. The design may be quite odd but I absolutely love it! The inspiration came from Panama’s nature and its people; it tries to capture how the country’s rise from the sea changed the world’s Biodiversity forever.
The museum is located near the entrance to the Panama Canal just by El Puente de las Americas (The bridge of the Americas) at the beginning of the Causeway (you will hear more information about that in another post).
Although there are many great museums in Panama, this one definitely stands out! When I arrived, with my Spanish friend and neighbor, we were warmly welcomed and quickly began the tour! We had audio guides with us and made sure to take our time reading and listening to all the fascinating information.
The first section mainly explained what Biodiversity is and what makes it so important. Although you know that the human population is rapidly increasing seeing the numbers go up every second on this screen made it all the more astounding.
The next section was the “Panarama”. It is hard to describe the sensation caused by the screen surrounding you. They played a brief video to illustrate Panama’s biodiversity. The screens surround you completely, even covering the floor, and it created an incredible impression.
The next area was a bit more technical and explains how Panama was formed. I am not an expert so I won’t attempt to explain it-you’ll just have to visit to find out!
The final galleries displayed the evolution of animals, both on land and in the sea as well as information on where the Panamanian’s come from and the changes the country has gone through.
The museum has a cafeteria and an event space. It can be used for weddings or conferences and the like. Are you looking for an event space in Panama? Book through here.
I don’t know if you can see the changes in the sky in the mere hour I have been in the museum but it is the rainy season in Panama at the moment and it can be sunny one minute and raining the next!
For those who would like to visit: The museum is open 6 days a week (it’s closed on Tuesday) with a capacity of 1500 visitors a day, it holds eight interactive and exceptional permanent galleries (I saw both the permanent and temporary ones). It is a fantastic museum for people of all ages with interactive videos, “selfie spots” and so much more!
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