Construction on the structure began in May 2004 on the seashore at Amador and is now nearly 92% complete, and five of its eight galleries have been worked on over the last several months, confirms Margot López, Communications Coordinator at the Amador Foundation, which manages the museum.
The galleries Panamarama, The Bridge Appears, The Great Interchange, The Human Footprint and Biodiversity are over 50% finalized, already revealing the history that will be stored inside each one.
Almost one hundred statues of animals are ready to be installed in the 14-meter high gallery space of The Bridge Appears, and the final edits are being done on the film that will be projected on 14 giant screens in Panamarama to give visitors a visual and audio overview of Panamanian flora and fauna, described López.
The Biomuseum will open its doors to these five galleries in mid-2013.
The remaining three, Divided Oceans, The Web of Life and Panama is the Museum, will be included in the exhibition route between 2014 and 2015, López estimates.
According to studies conducted by the Amador Foundation, the museum will contribute $65.9 million to the GDP in its first year of operation and $329.5 million over the next five years of business.
The total cost of the project is still unknown.