Panama Canal Museum

The Panama Canal Museum, popularly known as simply the Canal Museum, is a public, non-profit museum dedicated to preserving, researching, and disseminating the testimonies of the history of the Panama Canal. The museum is situated on the Plaza de la Independencia in the township of San Felipe, part of Panama City's Old Town district. The idea for the museum was conceived in 1996. Its board of trustees decided to rehabilitate the building, which dated to 1874, and opened the renovated museum on September 9, 1997, to celebrate the Universal Congress on the Panama Canal.

In ten permanent exhibit halls, the museum displays the history behind the inter-oceanic route that crosses the isthmus and depicts the construction process of the Panama Canal. It also relates how the canal evolved and eventually was put under Panamanian control, in compliance with the Torrijos-Carter Treaties. In addition, the museum is known to host many temporary exhibitions every year on diverse topics in the fields of culture, architecture, history, and environmental conservation.

Ticket Price


$ 2.00

Children 4 to 12 years

$ 0.75

Panamanian Senior Citizens

$ 0.75

Panamanian students with ID

$ 0.75

Student groups (1)

$ 5.00

Audio guides (2)

$ 5.00

V.I.P. (3)

$ 5.00

Opening Hours

  • Tuesday to Sunday
  • 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
  • Ticket office closes at 4:30 p.m.
  • Closed on Monday and national holidays.

Free admission for Panamanian nationals and residents with ID on Sunday from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. 

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